Sunday, 23 November 2014

‘Extinct’ spectacled hare-wallaby spotted in Western Australia

Conservationists thrilled after threatened marsupial seen in Kimberley region for the first time in a decade

Australian Associated Press

Sunday 23 November 2014 07.09 GMT

A marsupial feared locally extinct has been again spotted in Western Australia’s Kimberley region, thrilling scientists and conservationists.

The threatened spectacled hare-wallaby was recently rediscovered near Broome after nearly a decade without any recorded sightings.

Using camera traps, Yawuru country managers and WWF-Australia captured images of the marsupial during its nightly forage.

The sensor cameras were set up as part of a survey on Yawuru-owned Roebuck Plains Station where the species was last sighted in 2004.

The wallaby, named from the distinctive orange fur that surrounds each eye, is considered very rare in the Kimberley region.

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