Gilbert’s Potoroo on orangutans

I couldn’t put it better myself. From the horse’s mouth, or should I say the Gilbert’s Potoroo’s mouth, On Crikey.com:

Australia’s own enda[n]gered animals have acknowledged the plight of the Indonesian orangutan and welcomed the financial support. “We’re chuffed for them,” said one of Australia’s 40 remaining Gilbert’s Potoroos. “But still, more’s needed.”

I have recently returned from a field trip to assist DEC with their research on the life cycle of the Numbat, of which only 1300-1500 are estimated to be in the wild. I learned from another team member, who heads up the Gilbert’s Potoroo Action Group, that there are only 30-40 Gilbert’s Potoroos left in the whole wide world. That is, in a nature reserve in one of Western Australia’s most southern headlands into the Southern Ocean.

$500,000 would go a long way to assisting a group whose volunteers weather adverse conditions to monitor the small wild population, and feed the few animals in an enclosure – all year round with locally harvested fungi. Ever been looking for truffles?

Yes, I’m being parochial here in that I want the Australian Federal Government to look after the threatened species that are in my own backyard (as opposed to NIMBY), albeit six hours drive from where I live. Is there an animal that is fewer (more critically endangered) than the Gilbert’s Potoroo?

OK, so it is sometimes mistaken for a bandicoot or a quokka. But the Gilbert’s Potoroo Action Group or DEC want to know if you think you have seen one.

Meanwhile, only nine more sleeps before Johnny’s farewell party!

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