Meet bettongia tropica – the northern bettong – a small, shy marsupial somewhere between a kangaroo and a rodent. They live in relatively small pockets of far north Queensland, they’re endangered, and they could do with your help.
A project is getting underway to help conserve the northern bettong – involving James Cook University, WWF Australia, Queensland Parks and Wildlife and others.
And there’s a role for you, if you’d like to volunteer some time, exploring bettong habitats here in FNQ and gathering information about their health, population numbers and the pressures on their preferred homes on the border of wet and dry forest areas.
Dr Sandra Abell, from James Cook University, tells us all about the northern bettong.