Range and abundance
The Ningbing is found across the Kimberley region of northern Australia. Populations are thought to extend east from the northwest coastal area and just into the Northern Territory.
Males of this small carnivorous marsupial measure 9 – 10 cm in body length and females are generally a centimetre smaller. Their tails are slightly shorter than the body (8 – 9 cm). Adults weigh between 15 and 25 grams. They are light greyish-brown over their entire body, with light chestnut patches behind their relatively large round ears. Their snouts are quite pointed.
Little is known of its habits in the wild. They are thought to breed in June and give birth in late July. Young are independent at 16 weeks and able to breed at 11 months. The Ningbing has been known to den in termite mounds.
The Ningbing is likely to be threatened by predation from feral cats, changed fire regimes – especially the increase in frequency of intense wildfires – and grazing by introduced herbivores.
What is AWC doing?
AWC is protecting the populations of Ningbing on our Mornington, Tableland and Artesian Range sanctuaries by implementing fire management (prescribed burning), eradicating feral herbivores and researching ways to reduce feral cat activity. AWC is conducting vital research to understand the impact of feral cats on native fauna and investigate methods of feral cat control. We are encouraging a stable Dingo population at all our Kimberley sanctuaries as this has potential to help reduce feral cat activity.