menu

#ThreatenedThursday: Southern Brown Bandicoot

#ThreatenedThursday: Southern Brown Bandicoot

September 1, 2022


SPECIES: Isoodon obesulus nauticus — Southern Brown Bandicoot

CLASSIFICATION: Endangered


The Southern Brown Bandicoot – or Short-Nosed Bandicoot - is a ground-dwelling marsupial which, up until the 1920s, was perhaps the most common bandicoot found across southern Australia.


Fast forward 100 years, and the species is now confined to just a few locations. One of these is Kangaroo Island, where the native vegetation provides the food and shelter it depends upon.


Unfortunately, as is the case with so many of our native species, feral cats are having untold impacts on the population, and there is work ahead to ensure this important ecosystem engineer survives; without bandicoots, soils undergo less aeration, leaf litter takes longer to break down, and seedlings have a much tougher time breaking through.


🌱We are one week out from this year’s Threatened Species Day! Commemorating the loss of the Tasmanian Tiger, we can reflect on what drove that iconic animal to extinction and compare those threats to what is facing our extant species today. Land clearing remains an issue, human persecution continues, but the major development in those 80+ years is the proliferation of the deadly cat.


You can see the project page for what we’ll be launching next Wednesday by visiting: FAME.org.au/projects/kangaroo-island-wilderness-project