Saturday, 28 November 2009

Narawntapu Marsupials

Yesterday we took an overseas visitor to Narawntapu National Park. She was quite impressed with the local wildlife, particularly the close encounters with the wombats.

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Wombat Vombatus ursinus tasmaniensis

This is a Tasmanian subspecies of the Common Wombat. There is also another subspecies, Vombatus ursinus ursinus, which is found on Flinders Island.

Bennett's wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus rufogriseus)

This is the Tasmanian subspecies of the mainland Red-necked Wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus banksianus). Bennetts wallabies are a little smaller and have longer fur.

Tasmanian Pademelon (Thylogale billardierii)

This species is extinct on the mainland.

Forester Kangaroos (Macropus giganteus tasmaniensis )

The Forester kangaroos were keeping their distance as usual. These are the Tasmanian subspecies of the mainland "Eastern Grey" kangaroo and are listed as a threatened Species. There was a mob of 10 at the western end of the Springlawn area.


  1. Hope the visitor realises what a great job the guide did!

  2. Lovely animals, Mosura.
    Hang on to your Pademelons.
    Have Foxes been confirmed there yet?
    If so, you'll lose those little guys very quickly.

  3. Very nice that you have a place like that for overseas visitors to see.

  4. Thanks Tony - although the fact is it's hard not to trip over the wildlife at Narawntapu.

    Thanks Mick - Yes it's a great spot and yet so many locals seem not to have heard of it let alone visited it.

    Thanks Denis - It seems that may be the sad reality.

  5. How could anyone not be impressed by that array of marsupials!

    Your pademelons are a bit more ... padded ... than ours. Longer fur, I'm guessing.