This gorgeous Numbat was very happy to pose for the camera, one of the estimated 400 in Dryandra Woodland, up from as few as 50 individuals 5 years ago. The total surviving population is variously estimated at less than 1,000. #numbat #dryandra #abcmyphoto #waparkswildlife #natgeo #wildlifephotography #aussiewildlife #wildlife https://www.instagram.com/p/B-hKp8sgLf2/?igshid=1uptpaju71bnt
What a gorgeous little creature, an elusive Numbat, vigilant and busy looking for ants and termites in Dryandra Woodland. #dryandra #numbat #westernaustralia #waparkswildlife #wildlifephotography #abcmyphoto #wheatbeltway https://www.instagram.com/p/B9-9133gXDP/?igshid=1a6s86lmn0u0n
numbat. aka australian chipmunk with stupid long tongue. cannot tell u a single fact about them despite the fact i have been irrationally obsessed with them since 4th grade
This here is the numbat. Other names for this species are noombat or walpurti. It’s a small mammal from Australia.
Numbats have a sternal scent gland, which they use for marking their territories. Their diet consists almost exclusively of termites.
Unusually among marsupials, female numbats have no pouch, although the four teats are protected by a patch of crimped, golden hair and by the swelling of the surrounding abdomen and thighs during lactation.
Numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus)
Credit © 🎬 🖋 ✅ @mark_jackman_edits
The majestic Wandoo’s branches weren’t the only things swinging in the breeze this afternoon last week. 💨 🍃 🥜 😉
This male numbat (from previous post) sure was a fine specimen with love on his mind.
A brief retreat into a log & he was back marking his territory for a mate.
We left him to continue his rounds as it’s important not to potentially disturb these endangered animals with our continued presence.
With @kim_green_999 sharp spotting skills we encountered two more individuals the following morning… all three in an area of 500m.
If you want to see numbats delivered with dash of light hearted humour &/or expert information give @vannumbat & @rob_mclean_ a follow.
With these groups also on FB…
➡️Numbat Task Force.
➡️Boyagin Numbat Camera Surveys.
#numbat #breedingseason #ballsout #swinging #endangeredspecies #wildlifeconservation #westernaustralianwildlife #numbattaskforce #dryandrawoodlands #abcsouthwest #perthnow #waparkswildlife #goproanz #projectnumbat #amazingwa
you ever feel like drawing a numbat
Here is an animal you might not know about. This is a numbat, and it’s from western Australia. If you don’t like termites you’d like this dude because it almost exclusively eats termites. Unfortunately this cute marsupial is endangered.
[ID: Map of Australia with regions coloured in to indicate distribution of a species. One region covers the bottom half of Australia from just in from the western coast and stopping just before Victoria, in total encompassing over a third of the whole continent. This region is red and labelled “Original Distribution of M. fasciatus”. The other region is limited to eight tiny specks of land, mostly in the south west, with two specks just in from the eastern border of the red region. The specks are orange and labelled “Current Distribution of M. fasciatus”. The map as a whole is labelled “Figure 2: Map descrcibing original and present distribution of M. fasciatus. Created using black map (Maps Australia, 2019) with (Fumagalli et al, 1999) and (Woinarski et al, 2008) as reference.” End ID]
Long image description, sorry about that.
I made this map for an assignment for one of my uni classes. I got assigned a bunch of animals and had to make fact sheets for them. Which is mostly fun since I got assigned Numbats (M. fasciatus). I wanted to post the map, as honestly that’s the main takeaway I got from the whole thing. Australia is number one in mammal extinctions, and probs most other kind of animals as well. Since I live there it’s sorta something that you know but don’t really acknowledge because otherwise it gets pretty depressing.
But this map? The numbat is an extremely popular animal. It’s the state emblem for WA, and an adorable mammal, people want to save it. And yet, look at where it was in comparison to where it is now. Only two of those specks are surviving populations, the others are places they had to be reintroduced. There’s almost nothing left.
Makes you think how all the animals that people care less about are doing.
Inktober Day 8- Numbat
I say this about practically every other animal, but Numbats have a very special place in my heart!
Native to Western Australia and recently re-introduced to South
Australia, Numbats are marsupials whose diet consists almost exclusively
on termites! Also known as the banded anteater, they have long, sticky
tongues to help with their termite consumption.
While this endangered species is not closely related to any other existing marsupials, it has been proposed that Numbats are a close relative of the now extinct Tasmanian Tiger/Thylacine.
Unlike most marsupials,
female Numbats do not have a pouch! Instead, they have skinfolds around
their abdomen that cover their joeys while they are suckling. Long guard
hairs around this area also provide some warmth to their babies. 💖