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Zoo’s Eastern Barred Bandicoot babies keeping hopes for this species alive

Jack Paynter, February 26, 2017 7:15PM Herald Sun

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NOCTURNAL marsupial the Eastern Barred Bandicoot could be the cutest native Australian animal but it is also one of the most vulnerable*.

The species is extinct in the wild and their survival is ensured only by breeding programs run by Zoos Victoria and their conservation partners.

Melbourne Zoo head vet Dr Michael Lynch yesterday gave two three-month-old female joeys their first check up and inserted microchips* so researchers can track their health once they are released into free-range populations later this year.

Eastern Barred Bandicoot baby gets a vet check at Melbourne Zoo. Head vet Michael Lynch hands the bandicoot over to nursing staff to be returned to its exhibit. Picture: David Caird media_cameraEastern Barred Bandicoot baby gets a vet check at Melbourne Zoo. Head vet Michael Lynch hands the bandicoot over to nursing staff to be returned to its exhibit. Picture: David Caird

More than 550 Eastern Barred Bandicoots have been reintroduced into protected populations, three fenced reserves and a fourth population on Churchill Island where they are safe from foxes and cats, their two main predators.

There are around 1200 in total on mainland Australia with the remaining bandicoots, including 22 joeys born this year, housed in insurance* programs at participating* conservation organisations.

Zoos Victoria began managing the captive* breeding program in 1991 and plays an important role in researching behaviour, breeding and new monitoring* techniques to help grow the bandicoot population.

GLOSSARY

vulnerable: in danger

microchips: tiny pieces of equipment that collects information and allows the animal to be located

insurance: just in case other things don’t work

participating: joining in

captive: not in the wild

monitoring: collecting information

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Activity 1 . Fact File

Write a fact file on the Eastern Barred Bandicoot from the facts and information contained in the Kids News story.

Extension: Create an acrostic poem using the word ‘Bandicoot’, incorporating some facts about the Eastern Barred Bandicoot.

Time: Allow 25 minutes to complete this task.

Curriculum links: English

Activity 2 . Endangered Species

The Eastern Barred Bandicoot is extinct in the wild. Lots of other animals are endangered, meaning they are facing extinction.

Research an endangered species and present the following information as a slide show presentation on a digital device.

Name of species:

Where they live:

Numbers left:

What they eat:

Threats:

How the species can be saved:

Include some pictures throughout the slide show.

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Extension: Research some native Australian animals that are endangered and write the main reasons as to why these animals are endangered or extinct.

Time: Allow 50 minutes to complete this task.

Curriculum links: English, Science, Digital Technologies

EXTRA RESOURCES

LIFE-SAVING FASHION KNITS FOR PENGUINS

TIGER CAM CAPTURE’S PREY’S-EYE VIEW

JOEYS MORE THAN A CUTE FACE

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