Helan spent quite a number of years in WA and learnt a lot about the WA inhabitants, human and animal.
For some reason many wildlife species have been given different names in WA. Can you guess the more common name of the following :
The BOODIE [an island survivor] is the only macropod to inhabit burrows on a regular basis. Many animals may share a complex warren. It is nocturnal and emerges after sunset to feed on tubers, bulbs, seeds, fruit and the green parts of edible plants. Wild populations of this species survive on Bernier, Dorre and Barrow islands. The Boodie has been reintroduced to Boodie Island. The disappearance of this common mammal from the mainland since colonial settlement may be linked to the arrival of the fox and cat. Status : Vulnerable.
The MARL [a miniature marvel] is one of the smallest of the bandicoots. This may be why it survives only on Bernier and Dorrie islands in Shark Bay where feral cats and foxes are absent. It is one of the rarest marsupials in Australia. At dusk it emerges from its nest to feed on seeds, roots, insects and other small animals. Status : Endangered.
The QUENDA [an urban refugee] prefers scrubby habitats with good ground cover. Solitary animals occupy a territory of several hectares. By day it sleeps in a grassy nest amongst dense vegetation. Active at night, it digs conical holes and uses a probing snout to search for worms and insects. Young animals are killed by cats. The Quenda finds refuge in the Perth Hills region as suitable habitat in the metropolitan area is lost through urban development. Status : Lower Risk [near threatened].
The WOYLIE survives in habitat that contains clumped grasses and low patchy scrub. Here it constructs a domed nest of grasses or shredded bark that it occupies by day. Loss of suitable habitat and predation by the fox are responsible for the dramatic decline of this mammal. This is the first species to be taken off a national list of Australia’s most endangered species through the efforts of a fauna recovery programme. Status : Lower Risk [conservation dependent].
The BILBY [Bilby is the common name used almost throughout all Australia, for this one, what is its real name] lives in colonies and is unique amongst others of its species for its ability to construct burrows. Active at night, the Bilby uses its acute hearing and sense of smell to locate insects, seeds and edible fruits. It is able to survive harsh desert conditions by deriving most of its water from food and by remaining in its burrow during the day. Stat : Vulnerable.