‘Mini kangaroos on steroids’ make comeback in South Australia
Adorable marsupials that look like “mini kangaroos on steroids” are bouncing back in southern Australia after disappearing from the region for more than 100 years.
Brush-tailed bettongs (Bettongia penicillata), also known as yalgiri in the language of the local Narungga People, are energetic creatures that once hopped and darted across much of the Australian mainland. Over the last two centuries, their numbers have dwindled due to predation by foxes and feral cats, as well as habitat loss. Now only a few thousand survive in pockets of Western Australia, in sanctuaries and on islands. But recently, the mini marsupials have made a comeback in the south after being reintroduced by conservationists.