Numbats are on the increase in Western Australia
By Judy Evans
November 20, 2020 8:49pm CST
One of our West Australian (WA) emblems is the numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus) or banded anteater. I would sometimes catch a glimpse of this little creature when riding my pony through the Dryandra Reserve at the back of our farming property. The woodland is home to the largest remnant of original vegetation in the Wheatbelt. Numbats are only found in the wild in Dryandra and a very few other WA locations. New communities are being established in South Australia and New South Wales. They are considered endangered and their numbers were dangerously low in recent years. It is believed there are fewer in the wild than orangutans or giant pandas. However, thanks largely to a concerted effort in controlling foxes and feral cats, there seems to have a recent explosion in numbers of numbats. Numbats are small and colourful, with a total length of between 35 and 45 cms (14 and 18 in). The muzzle is very pointed and the bushy tail has four to eleven white stripes. They are insectivorous and feed on termites. They are also diurnal (feed during the day). It’s good to know that some animals are seeing an increase in their numbers. The photo is of a numbat in Perth Zoo.
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Why are they riding the pony? It's good that they make a comeback. It makes me sad whenever the animals were announced as extinct. I am still hoping that whichever animals announce as extinct were only hiding from human. They're safe somewhere, even at a small amount.
• United States
@JudyEv i bet so, hon. the hubs herd 'f feral cats 've been most detrimental here't our place. i miss e'en the lil lizards who used to be most prevalent out'n the vines, 'round the pond 'n elsewhere. nothin' 'tis been sacred with this bunch. i've e'en seen 'em kill/eat prayin' mantis. 'tis a wondrous thingy when nature 'tis'n balance. beneficial fer all.
• El Paso, Texas
Yes, I remember reading about the dingos @JudyEv from what I can remember some scientist thought they'd migrated to Austrailia thousands of years ago from Asia and then mingled with the dogs that the colonists let run wild. I doubt anyone will ever really figure out exactly where dingos came from