Researching new ways to identify the threatened Golden Bandicoot

Researching new ways to identify the threatened Golden Bandicoot
Charnley River – Artesian Range | Yampi Sound Training Area
Field Program
Science: surveys and research
Golden Bandicoot | Northern Brown Bandicoot

November 2017: Surveying the distribution of a threatened species like the Golden Bandicoot isn’t any easy task!

Golden bandicoots can be so similar in appearance to the common Northern Brown Bandicoot that they can only be surveyed using capture and genetic sampling. For the past 12 months, AWC ecologists, interns and volunteers have trapped, measured, photographed and sampled bandicoots across our Kimberley sanctuaries, to work out if it’s possible to tell the two species apart using cameras. The ultimate goal is to use cameras rather than trapping and genetic sampling techniques to monitor populations of the threatened Golden Bandicoot.

Measuring a bandicoot with Dambimangari Ranger, Amon Jungine, and AWC Ecologist Dr Melissa Bruton. (Photo: DAC / AWC)

As part of this program, AWC ecologists and Dambimangari Rangers have been busy catching bandicoots at Yampi Sound training Area over the past month, in the hope that in the future we can use remote camera surveys to monitor Golden Bandicoots across rugged and inaccessible sections of this property.

Although widely distributed in northern and arid Australia until as recently as the 1930s, the Kimberley coast is the last mainland refuge of the Golden Bandicoot, including on Charnley River-Artesian Range and Yampi properties.

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