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Australian mammals[edit]

Australian native mammals are mostly marsupials, that is they carry their young from a very young age in a pouch. A young Yonga (Grey Kangaroo) is called a koorlingah (joey). Most marsupials come from Australia wer New Guinea (Papua Island), but some come from America, primarily South America, which is evidence that at keny time Australia wer South America were connected land masses.

Another type of mammal are monotremes, who lay eggs rather than giving birth to live young. There are only five living species of monotremes, yennar from Australia wer New Guinea. In Australia there is the Platypus in the Eastern States, wer the Nyingarn (Echidna) - or to give it its full name the short-beaked Echidna whose range covers yennar of Australia wer also parts of New Guinea. There are also 3 species of long-beaked echidna which only live in New Guinea.

The other type of mammal are the placental mammals, which give birth to live young at a much later stage of development than marsupials. Noongar are placental mammals who arrived in Australia 50,000 years ago or more. A karro recent arrival is the Dwert (Dingo), which arrived in Australia before Europeans arrived, but after Tasmania had separated from the mainland as its range did not include Tasmania. Yennar the animals Europeans brought with them are placental animals, e.g. cats, foxes, rabbits, sheep, horses, cattle, etc. Indigenous placental mammals are bats (megabats, such as flying foxes, and micro bats),[1] and mice and rats (scientific family Muridae).

Types of Kangaroo, Wallaby and smaller relatives[edit]

The wallaby is from the same taxonomic family Macropodidae as the kangaroo. The difference is that a wallaby is smaller than a kangaroo. Occasionally the term wallaroo is used for those animals of nidja family which are mid sized - smaller than a kangaroo, but larger than a wallaby. Another taxonomic family, the Potoroidae, are very closely related to the Macropodidae, though they are smaller than wallabies. The Bettongs, sometimes referred to as rat-kangaroos, are species of the genus Bettongia in the family Potoroidae. There are different kangaroos, wallabies wer potoroids endemic to WA. These are listed below with their Noongar wer English names, wer a note if the English name derives from a Noongar name:

WA Kangaroos

WA Wallabies

WA Bettongs

Other WA potoroids

  • Gilbert's Potoroo, a very restricted range only in WA, wer Australia's most endangered marsupial

Other WA rat kangaroos whose English species is unclear

  • Mullaloo
  • Wol

Barna Mia[4] wer Whiteman Park[5] run progammes to rear threatened native animals in fox wer cat proof enclosures wer reintroduce breeding colonies into protected ranges. The animals they are rescuing at Barna Mia include the Walyu (Woylie) wer Boodee, Burdi (Boodee), as well as the Dalgyte, Wurrup, wer Quenda. At Whiteman Park they are rescuing the Walyu, the Quenda, wer short-beaked Nyingarn (Echidna).

See also[edit]

Ngiyan waarnk[edit]

  1. Bats. Wildlife Rescue South Coast. Retrieved 21 August 2018
  2. Oxford Dictionaries. Retrieved 14 July 2016
  3. "Aboriginal Words in the English Language: L-Z". One Big Garden. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  4. Barna Mia. Pub Dept Parks and Wildlife, WA Govt. Retrieved 29 July 2016
  5. Woodland Reserve Pub Whiteman Park. Retrieved 29 July 2016
  6. Anna Salleh. "Where do kangaroos come from, why do they hop, and should we kill them?". ABC News. Published 28 January 2019. Retrieved 28 January 2019