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Our site mascot is a numbat. The numbat is the faunal emblem of Western Australia.
From Wikipedia’s entry: the numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus), also known as the noombat or walpurti (or Banded Ant-eater), is an insectivorous marsupial. It is diurnal and its diet consists almost exclusively of termites. The species was once widespread across southern Australia, but is now restricted to several small colonies in Western Australia (in the Dryandra Woodland, south-east of Perth near Narrogin, and the secluded, 56,000 hectare Tone-Perup Nature Reserve, east of Pemberton and home to some of Australia’s rarest mammals). It is therefore considered an endangered species and protected by conservation programs. Numbats were recently re-introduced to fenced reserves in South Australia and New South Wales.”
According to Australian Geographic, “Numbats are so unusual they’re categorised in a family on their own. Their closest living relatives are native carnivorous marsupials, such as the quolls and Tasmanian devil. The now-extinct Tasmanian tiger, the thylacine, was also in that marsupial group.”
ZooBorns Australia! on YouTube has an episode featuring numbats at the Perth Zoo (a great place to spend time when exploring Perth!). Here also is a handy list of other locations to see numbats in the wild, thanks to Project Numbat.
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