The wide-toothed rat, a native thought to be vulnerable to extinction, was spotted at Wilsons Prom


Burns set aluminum traps and caught a wide-toothed rat, which she weighed and measured, then put back in her grassy tunnel. Feces were more signs.

“That’s the best news. The Prom is one of the places we’ve given up on over the years and finding them hanging there is really awesome.

The reduction in deer numbers has already led to a massive increase in bushy grasses, she says.

The wide-toothed rat is an herbivore that makes pyramidal piles of iridescent green droppings, which are used to detect their presence.Credit:Victoria Zoos

Broadtooth rats live in a number of different habitats, from coastal sites in the Otways to the Alps of New South Wales, where their tunnels through native grasses keep them warm in the snow.

In Australia, there are about 70 native species of rats, some of which have not yet been named by scientists. There have been 15 species extinctions since colonization.

Parks Victoria staff have quintupled pest and weed control at the Prom and hope to rediscover or reintroduce other animals that have not been spotted in a long time, such as the eastern pygmy opossum and dunnart at white legs.

There have been some recent sightings of very rare ground parrots, while the red-necked pademelon – which hasn’t been seen at the Prom for 100 years – could be reintroduced.

“This will be our opera house – a climatic refuge sailing above the cool waters of Bass Strait.”

Dr. Marc Norman

Rangers plan to use new technologies, like remote trail cameras and acoustic recordings, to determine what species might be present, as well as environmental DNA testing in streams to find out what swam (or did). poo) in the water.

The 10 kilometer boundary fence that will separate the Prom from the mainland is currently being designed and will be built over the next two years. It must take into account a First Nations cultural heritage that is tens of thousands of years old, as well as ancient and pristine bankia tree ecosystems, Norman says.


“It’s going well. It’s a huge legacy conservation initiative,” he says. “We didn’t build the Sydney Opera House overnight, but it will be our opera house – a sailing climate refuge above the cool waters of Bass Strait.”

Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said the discovery of the wide-toothed rat is a testament to the state’s record investment in biodiversity.

“We are creating the largest and most protected sanctuary in the country,” D’Ambrosio said.

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