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More Australian marsupials, monotremes and placental rats
The diversity of unique Australian mammalian fauna reflects adaptations that evolved to succeed in often challenging environments.
  The dinnertime dilemma for Brushtail possums (series)
Foraging, food and fear.....

  Browsing success - swamp wallabies (series)
On the nose: how swampies can locate preferred plants even when they are well hidden.

  Antechinus: Small Wonders
Small Wonders: Associate Professor Peter Banks, from the University of Sydney’s School of Biological Sciences, uncovers the facts on a little known marsupial, the antechinus. The antechinus is often confused with a mouse as it is about the same size as a pet mouse. It is, in fact, a carnivorous marsupial and a ferocious killer of insects and small vertebrates like skinks (they have lots of cat-like sharp, pointy teeth) but they are easy to handle when trapped for research. They have an uncommon characteristic for mammals in that the males die after a frenetic mating frenzy for a week Antechinuss short-lived life and unusual mating habits make this Australian marsupial another small wonder.

  Numbats at critical numbers
The endangered numbat has suffered a significant decline since European settlement, primarily due to predation by introduced predators such as cats and foxes. Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) protects almost 30% of the remaining Numbat population in two large, self-sustaining populations at Scotia and Yookamurra Wildlife Sanctuaries. Felicity L’Hotellier, South-East Field Ecologist with AWC, talks about this little known native mammal.

  The Australian rat race
Many people think of marsupials and monotremes for Australian fauna. However half our species are in fact placental mammals: rats and bats. But never forget the 4000 year companion of humanity - the Black Rat we take them wherever we go and then call them exotic.

  Our very secretive platypus
The life and times of the Australian platypus: Platypus are one of only two groups of egg-laying mammals and are only found in Australia, from the northern extent of Cooktown down the east coast of Australia to Tasmania. There are none in the western states and no fossil evidence either, although it is believed that they inhabited Gondwanaland because a platypus jawbone has been found in South America. Assistant Professor Stephen Kolomyjec at Ohio Northern University completed his doctoral research at James Cook University’s School of Marine and Tropical Biology into the amazing world of the platypus. Here Dr Kolomyjec discusses some of their unusual characteristics.

  Bandicoots
Bandicoots are described by ecologists as critical weight range mammals (between 35g and 5.5kg) which have really suffered since Europeans arrived in Australia and the rabbit-sized bandicoots are suffering the worst from fox predation. Associate Professor Peter Banks, from Sydney University, uncovers the world of yet another unique Australian animal.

  Echidnas - spikey and cuddly (apparently)
Echidnas are surviving and even thriving across both the Australianthe continent and Tasmania.

  The Australian way: 50,000 years of Mammal Extinctions Part 1

  The Australian way: 50,000 years of Mammal Extinctions Part 2


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