#ThreatenedThursday: Kangaroo Island Dunnart

#ThreatenedThursday: Kangaroo Island Dunnart

August 25, 2022

SPECIES: Sminthopsis aitkeni — Kangaroo Island Dunnart


By night: carefully seeks food - including spiders, ants, and insects. At the same time, attempts to avoid becoming the food with the constant threat of feral cats lurking in the darkness.

By day: retreats to safe places in the mallee and woodland areas that the Kangaroo Island Dunnart likes to call home - but much of this habitat was burnt in the bushfires and is in need of protection and revegetation.

The KI Dunnarts plays a vital role as a small predator helping to keep its prey species in check - but is also food itself, for animals like the Heath Goanna and some birds of prey. Its major threat now is feral cats, particularly in the absence of natural cover in the wake of the bushfires.

🌱 With just 13 days left until Threatened Species Day (TSD) 2022, our #ThreatenedThursday features this month are focussed on the endangered wildlife of Kangaroo Island. TSD marks the anniversary of the death of the last known thylacine, and is an important date in the Australian environmental calendar.

You can get a sneak peek of our TSD project launch by visiting:

Photo: KILfW