Many years ago, Eastern Bettongs used to roam in Canberra, Australia. Predators like humans, cats, and foxes have invaded their territory, and the Eastern Bettong had been considered extinct on the Australian mainland.
Several years ago a few were thought to be living on Tasmania when ecologist Dr. Kate Grarock and a team from Mulligan’s Flat Woodland Sanctuary decided to change things for this adorable creature!
In Canberra, Grarock and her team reintroduced small groups of Bettongs to rebuild their population in that area.
Over 300 Bettongs have been raised by the group since 2012, and the small animals have had a positive impact on the environment!
“The introduction of cats and foxes didn’t allow the species time to evolve strategies to cope with their new predators,” Grarock said.
In a partnership with the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust, a non-profit, the Australian National University and ACT Government are working to restore a woodland near Canberra.
The Bettongs favorite foods are truffles, they search for truffles each night and spread truffle spores in their droppings.
While the trees in the area are growing bigger and stronger, the spores allow the trees to absorb more nutrients! Grarock takes her hand-raised Eastern Bettongs, Brain, and Berry to elementary schools.
Grarock has come to realize how disconnected people have become to nature, she wants to inspire people to care about native species and to value nature!
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