Australia is a country with lots of cute animals that receive plenty of attention. Koalas, kangaroos and quokkas are in the focus most of the time, but now a new creature steals the show. The new creature is not very well known – let us introduce the bettongia gaimardi – the mini kangaroo, a marsupial with a short nose, who is almost extinct on mainland of Australia. Their habitat was around north perimeter of Canberra, and the are almost extinct thanks to predators such as cats, foxes, but also people who saw a threat for their crops in these cute little animals.
1. The habitat of bettongia gaimardi
Fortunately, in Tasmania there are still few families of this species. Since 2012, several members of these animals came to Mulligan valley, near Canberra, that helps the bettongia gaimardi and some other species survive and return to their natural habitats. The aim of this endeavor is that people hear about these animals, because their existence is largely unknown, except for residents of Tasmania.
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2. Bettongia gaimardi (Tasmanian Bettong) in its natural surrounding
Dr Kate Grarock is working on a project that should educate children in schools about domestic and wild animals. The key to survival of this species is in awareness of their existence and adequate protection. It seems that the protection is now that good that almost nobody knows they exist.
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3. An example of bettongia gaimardi, named Brian Bettong by Dr Kate Grarock
Dr Grarock thinks, and we absolutely agree, that people should be aware of the existence of these amazing creatures, that we should love them and help them repopulate their original lands, so they can finally feel secure and continue their species. The thing she's trying to achieve is for people to receive her message and to fall in love with these adorable mini kangaroos. In addition to their cute look, they have a very important role in the ecosystem. They help to improve the health of the environment, by digging out the indigenous truffles and help them spread in that way. That's how the truffles make symbiosis with the tree roots and absorb more nutrients, which eventually leads to better health of the trees. Ultimately, the goal is to help bettongia gaimardi to replenish the district of Canberra, which means better care and better habitat for these animals. Although the government helped with some funds, it needs a lot more to put this plan into effect. So, the least we can do is to spread the awareness of people about these animals. Who could resist them, after all?
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4. It's definitely like a mini kangaroo, right?
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5. All they need is our love and care
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6. One of the few existing families
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7. Dear Sir/Madam, could you help us, please?
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8. So cute and small, they fit into your hand
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9. They are very good diggers and climbers
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10. And as any other animal, they like to sleep and cuddle
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