Numbat

Australia's Endangered Animal

Description

The numbat is a marsupial and also, known as "The Banded Anteater." A numbat has a reddish brown coat with white stripes. This animal belongs to its own family. An unusual characteristic is that they feed during the day.

Food Chain

The food source of a numbat are termites. Numbats find food by digging into old logs with their sharp claws. And they have long and sticky tongues. The numbat is a predator and its prey are termites. A numbat is also a prey because of the red fox.


Habitat

Critical Info/Conservation

The numbat's habitat is in eucalyptus forests and woodlands. Since the introduction of the red fox the numbats population has been reduced. Now there are programs in Australia that have greatly reduced their endangerment. For example, intervention from the Australian Department of Environment and Conservation(DEC). The DEC have set up a fox control program in areas where numbats live. Numbats are being bred for release and are moving back to areas that they have disappeared from.
Numbat

Reasons For Endangerment

The introduction of the red fox reduced the number of numbats. Also, raptors were another known threat to numbats. And other things such as fires were a threat because of the reduction of logs which they shelter in.

Adaptation

What Can You Do to Help?

You can help save the numbats from extinction by donating funds to programs that use the money to help save them. This will surely reduce their endangerment.

Links to Other Endangered Animals

Work Cited

Friend, T. & Burbidge, A. 2008. Myrmecobius fasciatus. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 12 April

2013.


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Numbat Perth Zoo. N.d. Photograph. Search Creative CommonsWeb. 11 Apr 2013. <http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Numbat-Perth-zoo.jpg>.


Numbat. N.d. Photograph. Search Creative CommonsWeb. 11 Apr 2013. <http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Numbat_gnangarra_02.jpg>.


Numbat Face. N.d. Photograph. Search Creative CommonsWeb. 11 Apr 2013. <http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Numbat_Face.jpg>.


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