A Tiny, ‘Extinct’ Marsupial Re-Emerges in the Australian Desert

Everyone thought that these species of tiny and adorable marsupials were extinct for more than 100 years until they have been located once again in New South Wales, Australia.

The crest-tailed mulgara that weighs only 150 grams, was pretty common in the desert inlands of the continent. But the researchers from the modern times were pretty sure that these small species were living in New South Wales only from the fossilized bone fragments.

Rebeca West said: “The crest tailed Mulgara was widely distributed in the past across the desert environments in Australia, but unfortunately declined due to the effects of rabbits, foxes and cats.”

These three invasive species arrived with European settlers and they have had pretty devastating effects on the native wildlife of the continent, according to the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy.

According to the statement, the rabbits munched on the small plants the critter needed for cover, and that’s when the foxes and the cats hunted and ate it, which led to driving the population out of the region.

However, it appears that some mulgaras have found a way to survive these dark times.

Scientists believe that this kinds of crest-tailed mulagaras are still alive in New Sauth Wales and they are even spreading outside of these regions. Recent estimation have put the species total population at around 10,000 individuals. According to the statement, this seems to be the very first live example of the animal discovered in New South Wales and. It is also stated that they are hoping for some future efforts that will eradicate invasive carnivoers like foxes and cats – and this will further boost a mulgara rebound.


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