Eastern Barred Bandicoot

(Peremeles gunnii)

The Eastern Barred Bandicoots are small and brown with vibrant white stripes over their backside and weighing only about 800g.

  • Photo credit: Anders Zimny i

DESCRIPTION

The Eastern Barred Bandicoots are small and brown with vibrant white stripes over their backside and weighing only about 800g.

They are a miraculous species as they made their way back from extremely close to extinction. We thought they had completely disappeared off mainland Australia until they were discovered living in a tip in south-west Victoria in 1988.

There is now a strong breeding and release program as the tiny bandicoot is slowly being reintroduced to fox free environments such as Churchill Island.

The Eastern Barred Bandicoot is also an “ecosystem engineer” spending its nights digging around in the soil for insects and seeds.

Even though they are quite shy, and you may not see them, Wildlife Wonders is one of the only places you can walk amongst the Eastern Barred Bandicoot in a wild setting.

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