Native Animals in The Garden: Marsupials

Story: Native Animals in The Garden: Marsupials
Episode: 13
Presenter: Trevor Cochrane
Air Date: 13 November 2021


Trevor is back at Caversham Wildlife Park to learn how to create habitats at home that provide native animals the right protection and food to sustain themselves.

  • Native marsupials such as bandicoots, bilbies and potoroos may treat your garden as a sanctuary from time to time.
  • The excellent team at Caversham Wildlife Park cares for a number of native Australian marsupials.
  • One way to support native marsupials in your garden is to build a small refuge for them.
  • The aim is to establish a separate area in the garden that provides shelter, for ground-dwelling animals, plant layered habitats of shrubs for protection is recommended.
  • Keep this refuge area away from the places that are used by your family and pets.
  • Domestic cats and dogs are especially dangerous to these ground-dwelling marsupials.
  • Whilst bandicoot diggings can be unsightly, they’re often helping the home gardener control grubs and garden pests. They eat insects, insect larvae, and spiders (including the venomous funnel-web spider) as well as tubers and fungi.
  • Bandicoots are often attracted to forage on watered lawns and gardens where insect numbers are higher than in bushland, and these areas can sustain higher numbers of bandicoots.

For more information, head to:
https://www.cavershamwildlife.com.au


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