Banjo the bandicoot runs free!

Banjo the bandicoot runs free!

This week, Banjo, our Invasive Species Branch’s unofficial mascot, was successfully released to the wild.

She was rescued from a feral cat, who killed her mother, and was lucky enough to be cared for by Mandy Smith, of  Launceston’s ISB section, who nursed her back to health. Banjo is an eastern barred bandicoot (Perameles gunnii), a species which is listed as endangered at a national level here in Australia – Tasmania is their stronghold.

Over the next few days, I’ll be reposting the story of her rescue, her troubled youth, rebellious teenage-hood, and eventual graduation into a fully-fledged grown-up bandicute!

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