Big Sky Country

The secret life of phascogales

February 03, 2022 Bush Heritage Australia Season 1 Episode 2
Big Sky Country
The secret life of phascogales
Show Notes

Climb up the tree. Open the nest box. And look inside the lives of Red-tailed Phascogales. 

These small arboreal marsupials - with their big ears, big eyes and fluffy red tails - are just as loveable as koalas and kangaroos, but with a few big differences. They can fit in the palm of your hand. They have death-inducing mating habits. And, while they were once widespread across the southern half of Australia, they are now mostly restricted to the wheatbelt region of Western Australia.  

Over a decade ago, a small group of these phascogales were bundled up, driven 100 kilometers and translocated to their new home: Kojonup Reserve on Wagyl Kaip and Southern Noongar country in WA. Today, we find out how the population is surviving. 

Guests: Angela Sanders, Dr Michelle Hall and Dr Tony Friend

Produced by Eliza Herbert and Amelia Caddy

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