Rediscovery of A Locally Extinct Mammal in Australia


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Crest-tailed Mulgara

Extinct Mammal

Crest-tailed Mulgara, a previously taught locally extinct mammal in Australia was rediscovered after only finding fossilized bone fragments after more than a century. It was rediscovered in New South Wales, a state found on the east coast of Australia. The first of the spotted crest-tailed mulgara was spotted during the monitoring of scientists in Sturt National Park. The main food supply of the mammal is mainly smaller mammals, reptiles, and insects as it is normally very small weighing around a five-and-a-half ounce.

The original group of mulgaras was thought to be driven to extinction by the animals that turned feral by the European settlers centuries ago. These new invasive feral animals reduced the number of the local animals and drove the mulgaras to extinction as they become a natural prey for the larger type carnivorous predators.

The Effect of Feral Animals in Australia

This rediscovery of extinct animals proved the findings of researchers in Australia that feral animals affect the natural and built ecosystem of a land. This pushed the project coordinator of Wild Deserts, a partnership of the wildlife group, Ecological Horizons, and the University of New South Wales, to perform the predator and rabbit eradication in a large area that will surely help the restoration of the mulgara in their reproduction stage.



The project in question done by the group of Wild Deserts focused on the returning of the nearly extinct mammal species. “The aim of this project is to return mammal species not seen in their natural habitat for over 90 years in Sturt National Park.” Reece Peddler of Wild Desert says. Other animals that would be reintroduced to the ecosystem design by Wild Deserts are the greater bilby, burrowing bettong, western quoll, and western barred bandicoot.

Feral predation greatly damaged the lifestyle of the built ecosystem of Australia and the crest-tailed mulgara was not only the one affected by this. The project points out that feral animals need to be removed from the land they have invaded to help the local animals at which was driven out by predators not natural to their natural ecology.

Reduced Number of Feral Animals

The reduced number of the rabbit population in Australia is one important part that Wild Deserts says helped the recovering numbers of the crest-tailed mulgara as it decreased their competition. Another part that helped in the increased numbers of mulgara was the decreased number of predators, the cats, and foxes. This lessened the chance of mulgaras being predated by these animals as well as increased the smaller rodents that the mulgaras can feed on as well.

Based on the latest reports from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), the Crest-Tailed Mulgara have already expanded towards the Strzelecki Desert which is over the border in South Australia. The project will start with the setup of Sturt National Park as a sanctuary for the animals that keeps away the predators that could harm the animals in the enclosure. For them, the project at which they build enclosures could truly help the continuous reproduction of these previously extinct animals and return the damaged ecosystem at which the feral animals invaded on.


Maybe some extinct animals that we know are not actually extinct and they are just hiding somewhere from the feral animals. If we can reduce the number of feral animals in our wildlife using feral animal traps that we want to develop and distribute.

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