‘Complete disbelief’ as adorable endangered marsupial babies found

There is new hope in the fight to save the critically endangered dunnart species. The small marsupials can only be found in Australia. But the number of dunnarts on Kangaroo Island in South Australia severely dwindled after the 2019-2020 summer bushfires ravaged the island, destroying almost 96 per cent of their habitat. READ MORE: Omicron COVID-19 cases grow after Sydney boat party "Watching those bushfires basically decimate what populations we thought were still potentially there was really devastating," Dr Liberty Olds from Zoos South Australia said. Now, almost two years later, the first pregnant female dunnart has been found on Kangaroo Island. She is pregnant with eight jellybean-sized babies. "We were just in complete disbelief," said Paul Jennings said who is on the Kangaroo Island Landscape Board. The tiny female dunnart was found in the middle of the Flinders Chase National Park. "Finding this girl there were certainly a lot of hugs, a lot of jumping around and excitement in..

There is new hope in the fight to save the critically endangered dunnart species.

The small marsupials can only be found in Australia.

But the number of dunnarts on Kangaroo Island in South Australia severely dwindled after the 2019-2020 summer bushfires ravaged the island, destroying almost 96 per cent of their habitat.

READ MORE: Omicron COVID-19 cases grow after Sydney boat party

"Watching those bushfires basically decimate what populations we thought were still potentially there was really devastating," Dr Liberty Olds from Zoos South Australia said.

Now, almost two years later, the first pregnant female dunnart has been found on Kangaroo Island.

She is pregnant with eight jellybean-sized babies.

"We were just in complete disbelief," said Paul Jennings said who is on the Kangaroo Island Landscape Board.

The tiny female dunnart was found in the middle of the Flinders Chase National Park.

"Finding this girl there were certainly a lot of hugs, a lot of jumping around and excitement in the field," Dr Olds said.

Experts said they were getting closer to learning how many of the estimated population of 500 dunnarts remained.

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A reduction in available shelter has meant that dunnarts are especially vulnerable to predators, particularly feral cats.

Conservationists from Zoos South Australia said increased on-ground cat control was needed to help minimise the threat to the tiny animals.

"To be able to play a small part in protecting that uniqueness and that wildness for Kangaroo Island, it's critically important," Mr Jennings said.

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