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It’s hard to imagine a world without these beautiful animals. When you adopt, your gift will go towards protecting them from extinction. From as little as $25 a month, you can make a real difference. Your donation will be supporting Aussie Ark’s essential conservation work – ensuring the survival of these threatened species.

 

Once you have signed-up, you will receive an adoption kit including a Thank You Letter, Certificate and photo of your selected species. Aussie Ark will provide yearly updates for you to track their progress.

 

Please note: This is a symbolic adoption or ‘foster’ program. Your monthly donation will contribute directly to Aussie Ark’s continued conservation work. All adoptions are tax deductible.

Eastern Quoll

The eastern quoll is a medium-sized carnivorous dasyurid marsupial native to Australia.

 

They once used to thrive throughout Australia, but were declared extinct on the mainland in 1963 due to introduced feral predators and now only exist and thrive in Tasmania.

 

Breeding occurs in early winter. After a gestation period of 21 days, females give birth to up to 30 young. However, the pouch contains only six teats, limiting survival to first young which can attach themselves to these teats. Towards the end of November, when the young are 18 to 20 weeks old, they are weaned and become independent. Within the first year they have reached sexual maturity and begin breeding.

By adopting an Eastern quoll you are helping Aussie Ark continue to work to increase the declining population.  We are working to double our Eastern quoll population and with your help, we can!

 

Rufous Bettong

The Rufous Bettong is a small marsupial species of the family Potoroidae found in Australia. It is found in coastal and subcoastal regions from Newcastle in New South Wales to Cooktown in Queensland, and was formerly found in the Murray River Valley of New South Wales and Victoria.

 

Rufous Bettongs usually emerge shortly after dark to forage and primarily eat herbs, roots, tubers and fungi. They can cover up to 2km – 4.5km when foraging. The Rufous Bettong is a solitary species that shelters during the day in ‘nests’, shallow excavations with a dome of fibrous vegetation across the top and a single entrance. Multiple nests are often used by the same individual.

 

Females are continuous breeders, with sexual maturity reached at around 11 months. Females raise one young per pregnancy, but exhibit embryonic diapause and can have 3-4 young per year. By adopting a Rufous Bettong you are helping Aussie Ark continue to work to increase the declining population.  We are working to double our Rufous Bettong population and with your help, we can!

 

Long-nosed Potoroo

The Long-Nosed Potoroo is one of the smallest and most ancient members of the kangaroo family and represent a living fossil, having remained relatively unchanged for around 10 million years.

 

Once widespread along the East Coast of Australia, its population has declined and fragmented since the introduction of foxes and cats, making it difficult for breeding, resulting in local extinctions. The Long-nosed Potoroo are ecosystem engineers, improving the health of the forest by dispersing a host of beneficial fungi spores as they forage and move around. They also play a key role in reducing the chance of fires by grazing undergrowth and turning over leaf litter.

 

Long-nosed Potoroos become sexually mature at around 12 months of age and give birth to a single young after a gestation period of 38 days. After leaving the pouch the young remain near the mother, and still feed for about 40 days.  They breed once or twice a year depending on climate and habitat conditions.

 

Southern Brown Bandicoot

The Brown bandicoot, is a medium-sized, ground-dwelling omnivore marsupial. This species was widespread along the coast of Northern NSW, QLD, NT and the tip of Western Australia, however, like many other Australian marsupials, bandicoots have undergone several species extinctions since European settlement because of land clearing and the introduction of predators.

 

Of the estimated 12 bandicoot species once present prior to colonisation on the continent, approximately half are now either extinct or threatened. Bandicoots are multi-oestrus, meaning they breed several times during the year. Females can give birth to as many as five babies, but usually only one or two survive. The young are born very tiny and under-developed and are in the mother’s pouch for approximately 2 months. At about three months they can begin to live independently.

 

By adopting a Southern Brown Bandicoot you are helping Aussie Ark continue to work to increase the declining population.  We are working to double our Bandicoot population and with your help, we can!

 

Parma Wallaby

The Parma wallaby is a small shy, cryptic creature of the wet sclerophyll forests of southern New South Wales. This small, herbivorous wallaby is currently listed as near threatened with the IUCN and vulnerable in NSW.

 

It once occurred from North-eastern NSW to the southeast in large numbers. In recent decades their population has crashed and is now confined to scattered and reduced populations along the coast and central and northern ranges in NSW and QLD. The Parma Wallaby has a natural range that includes the NSW Barrington Tops. They were introduced to Kawau Island, New Zealand in 1965.

 

The breeding season of the Parma wallaby occurs between February and June. After a pregnancy of around 35 days, the newborn attaches firmly to one of four teats in the mother’s pouch, which it leaves at about thirty weeks, still suckling until approximately 10 months old.

 

By adopting a Parma Wallaby you are helping Aussie Ark continue to work to increase the declining population.  We are working to double our Parma Wallaby population and with your help, we can!