19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
The Endangered Northern Bettong poses amongst Xanthorrhoea

The Northern Bettong (Bettongia tropica) is a small jumping marsupial, listed as threatened by the IUCN and Australian state and federal legislation. With just two remaining populations totalling ~1000 individuals they are facing extinction; along with many other similarly sized small mammals across Australia. Here an individual is pictured framed by two iconic Grass Trees (Xanthorrhoea), which are common across much of their remaining limited range. Conservation organisations are working tirelessly to protect the remaining populations, including a large predator exclusion fence in development by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy.

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Date Taken: 11.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Cairns, Australia
Copyright: © Oliver Aylen