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A developing collection of vertebrate specimens which are already deceased are collected by locals. After advice from QM scientist Dr Steve Van Dyke and SAM scientist Dr Mark Hutchinson these specimens are either preserved in the freezer or in an alcohol/glycerol solution, along with all necessary data. This preserved collection along with photographic evidence of living and extinct specimens will provide value knowledge into the diversity and health of the vertebrate populations of the Lower Cooper Creek Basin.
In July 2008 a team of ecologists led by Dr Mike Letnic visited Plevna Downs and Durham as part of his “Rodent and Marsupial Trapping Project”. Surveys were conducted of predators, kangaroos, and small mammals. Techniques includeded pitfall and box traps for small mammals, track counts for predators and dung and spotlight counts for kangaroos.
Marsupials caught as part of the muster included two species of insect eating dunnarts (Stripe-faced dunnart and Fat-tailed dunnart) and also a native rodect, Forrest’s Mouse (Leggadina forresti).
Located between Blackall and Quilpie, the Idalia National Park is home to two rare species of wallaby. Previously thought to be extinct until rediscovered in 1973, a successful captive breeding and release program has resulted in over 500 individual Bridled Nail-tail wallabies roaming free in the national park.
The endangered Yellow-footed wallaby can also be found in Idalia but not in the numbers of its cousin. Difficult to spot it is considered one of the more beautiful species of wallaby. Distinguishing characteristics and its yellow feet and belly and distinctive banded tail.
Helping to preserve the native species of SW Queensland through education is part of OGF’s charter.
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