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The mystery of the Top End’s vanishing wildlife, and the unexpected culprits

Source: theconversation.com

Only a few decades ago, encountering a bandicoot or quoll around your campsite in the evening was a common and delightful experience across the Top End. Sadly, our campsites are now far less lively.

Northern Australia’s vast uncleared savannas were once considered a crucial safe haven for many species that have suffered severe declines elsewhere. But over the last 30 years, small native mammals (weighing up to five kilograms) have been mysteriously vanishing across the region.

The reason why the Top End’s mammals have declined so severely has long been unknown, leaving scientists and conservation managers at a loss as to how to stop and reverse this tragic trend. MORE

Header image: Alyson Stobo-Wilson with a savanna glider. Gliders are among the mammals rapidly declining in northern Australia. Credit: Alyson Stobo-Wilson, Author provided.