State of the environment: Blinky Bill is in intensive care | Liverpool City Champion
While we proudly identify with Blinky Bill, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, and sports teams like the Wallabies and Socceroos, the uncomfortable truth is that Australia has already lost eight wallaby species to extinction and 16 more are endangered. . On a recent 90km drive from Canberra to Goulburn, I counted 15 roadkill foxes and a single lone wombat. This is the sad reality of our native mammals. A hundred years ago, the same stretch of road would have had koalas, bandicoots, quolls, bettongs and wallabies. And shortly before that, even the bilbies. But not more. Australia has the highest mammalian extinction rate in the world. Thirty-two Australian mammals are already extinct and seven more are expected to disappear over the next two decades. Overall, feral cats and foxes are their biggest threats. But they are also threatened by habitat degradation, climate change, bush fires, disease, genetic inbreeding, cane toads, weeds, urban dogs…etc. On the flip side, mammals also demonstrate that recovery is possible with intensive management. Interventions such as wildlife-free islands, building large predator-proof fenced areas, and ending habitat destruction have all proven effective.