Numbats are on the increase in Western Australia

@JudyEv (228342)
Bunbury, Australia
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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@wolfgirl569 (35734)
• Marion, Ohio
21 Nov
Good to hear they are making a comeback. Its a cute creature
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@JudyEv (228342)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Nov
I thought there must be more around because photos have been appearing on various sites - photos from the public who have seen them.
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@shaggin (55517)
• United States
21 Nov
How sad their numbers are so low. I’ve never seen this cute creature before I really enjoyed learning about it.
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@JudyEv (228342)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Nov
They are certainly cute but no match for foxes and cats. It's to be hoped they continue to thrive.
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@shaggin (55517)
• United States
21 Nov
@JudyEv they look bigger then a cat to me. Photos can be deceiving that way.
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@JudyEv (228342)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Nov
@shaggin They might be a bit bigger but not very weighty but have no defences. I suppose they'd try to fight if they were attacked.
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@Shavkat (96544)
• Philippines
21 Nov
I like it. I hope I can see it up close. Are they agitated creaure?
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@JudyEv (228342)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov
They are very timid but the ones in the zoo seemed to be used to people and just ran around as if we weren't there.
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@Shavkat (96544)
• Philippines
22 Nov
@JudyEv It seems that we need to be cautious with them.
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@msdivkar (17893)
• India
21 Nov
Pretty animal. We don't usually see them this side. This must be a special animal for your area.
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@JudyEv (228342)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Nov
They are only found in the wild in our state so they are quite unique.
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@msdivkar (17893)
• India
23 Nov
@JudyEv Yes they look different.
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@kaylachan (7883)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
21 Nov
That's good. We've lost a lot of animal species over the years due to their numbers getting lower and lower. So, to see the reverse is always nice to see.
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@JudyEv (228342)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Nov
Hopefully, the numbers will continue to grow. There are other small creatures too that are now becoming more prevalent.
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@kaylachan (7883)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
22 Nov
@JudyEv I completely agree with you on that one.
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@erictsuma (6156)
• Mombasa, Kenya
21 Nov
That's very nice
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@JudyEv (228342)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Nov
Thanks.
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@LadyDuck (312887)
• Switzerland
21 Nov
They are cute animals, I hope their number can increase, they are even useful, as they feed on termites.
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@JudyEv (228342)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov
I'm not sure how they count them but obviously they are seeing a lot more than usual.
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@LadyDuck (312887)
• Switzerland
22 Nov
@JudyEv I am really glad, we have to protect wild animals.
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@JudyEv (228342)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov
@LadyDuck In the same area, there are other small marsupials such as woylies and bandicoots. They are also benefitting from the reduction of predators.
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@prinzcy (8843)
• Malaysia
21 Nov
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.
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@JudyEv (228342)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Nov
I used to ride a pony when I was young. It was something I liked to do.
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@prinzcy (8843)
• Malaysia
21 Nov
@JudyEv Oh I'm sorry. I read the numbat rides the pony. My bad
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@JudyEv (228342)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Nov
@prinzcy No problem. Have a nice day.
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@allen0187 (42895)
• Philippines
21 Nov
They must be in every other creatures food list for them to be endangered. I'm guessing man's greed played a part as well. Glad to see their numbers grow.
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@JudyEv (228342)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Nov
Before foxes and cats were introduced, they really had no predators so they have no means of defence.
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@allen0187 (42895)
• Philippines
21 Nov
@JudyEv I see.
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• India
21 Nov
They look so unique and aggressive too
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@JudyEv (228342)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Nov
They are not aggressive at all. Just the opposite in fact.
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• India
22 Nov
@JudyEv great
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• United States
21 Nov
this's wonderful news! i so hope such continues, hon. they'd be a very 'mportant part 'f the ecosystem. 'tis 'lso cuteness o'erload :)
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@JudyEv (228342)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov
There are other small marsupials that are also benefitting from the reduction in predators. It's all good.
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• United States
23 Nov
@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.
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@JudyEv (228342)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Nov
@crazyhorseladycx Too many anything upsets the balance, doesn't it?
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@ptrikha_2 (27489)
• India
21 Nov
I am very happy to see an endangered species growing in numbers due to conservation efforts. I hope that these creatures get good and ample spaces to live and thrive. Are these shy or can they attack humans?
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@JudyEv (228342)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov
They are very shy and it's very lucky if you see one at all.
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@ptrikha_2 (27489)
• India
22 Nov
@JudyEv Oh so their sighting must be a delight, especially for animal watchers!
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@FourWalls (29350)
• Louisville, Kentucky
21 Nov
What pretty markings it has! Good conservation job, too, since their numbers are increasing! And they do everyone a good service by eating termites!
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@JudyEv (228342)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov
They are certainly pretty. They say they eat 20,000 termites a day but my question is: who counts the termites?
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@FourWalls (29350)
• Louisville, Kentucky
22 Nov
@JudyEv — we worked hard all our lives, and we could’ve gotten a job counting termites!
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@JudyEv (228342)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov
@FourWalls We'd have needed a lot of fingers! lol
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@rebelann (78259)
• El Paso, Texas
21 Nov
It's a shame that the introduction of domestic felines and canines have done so much damage to wildlife because humans would let them run wild. I'm not even sure where most domestic felines came from except those in Egypt
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@JudyEv (228342)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Nov
The British colonists brought all sorts of predators to Australia although apparently there were always dingoes.
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@rebelann (78259)
• El Paso, Texas
21 Nov
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
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@JudyEv (228342)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Nov
@rebelann Certainly we saw dogs in Thailand that looked very much like our dingoes.
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@CarolDM (103754)
• United States
21 Nov
Of course I have never seen one, very interesting to read about these animals. Great news they are on the increase.
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@JudyEv (228342)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov
It's always good to see endangered creatures coming back.
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@CarolDM (103754)
• United States
22 Nov
@JudyEv It does not happen often enough it seems.
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@sallypup (41628)
• Moses Lake, Washington
21 Nov
That is one adorable critter. I'd never be bored if he lived near me; I'd be always busy watching to see what he was up to. I wonder if his fur is soft?
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@JudyEv (228342)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Nov
His fur is very soft but the colouring varies quite a bit between individuals. We were always very excited if we saw one.
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@sallypup (41628)
• Moses Lake, Washington
21 Nov
@JudyEv I love that you rode your pony and saw such a sweet critter.
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@thelme55 (57223)
• Germany
21 Nov
I have not heard about Numbats until now. Thanks for sharing the information.
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@JudyEv (228342)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov
It's not that they are now becoming more common.
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@GardenGerty (128799)
• United States
21 Nov
What an interesting looking animal. Glad they are flourishing again.
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@JudyEv (228342)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov
It's great to think they are coming back in from the cold, so to speak.
@snowy22315 (102429)
• United States
21 Nov
They are really cute little animals aren't they?
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@JudyEv (228342)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov
I think they are lovely. It was always a thrill to see them in the bush as they were so rare.
@Shiva49 (17691)
• Singapore
21 Nov
It will be a loss if it goes the way of Tasmanian Tiger.
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@JudyEv (228342)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Nov
It would be a great shame if they became extinct.
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