GILBERT'S POTOROO - AUSTRALIA'S MOST ENDANGERED
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Gilbert's Potoroo is the world's rarest marsupial and Australia's rarest mammal. Help us to help them.
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After a catastrophic fire at Two Peoples Bay in 2015 destroyed over 90% of potoroo habitat, it is estimated there are only about 5 animals in the only known wild population, with approximately 90 additional animals in three translocated conservation colonies (two on islands and one in a 380 ha fenced enclosure). This limited population means that the critically endangered Gilbert's Potoroo is the world's rarest marsupial and Australia's rarest mammal.
First discovered in 1840 by naturalist John Gilbert and recorded again only a few times over the next 40 years, this small rat-kangaroo was thought to be extinct since the late 1870s until rediscovered in 1994 at Two Peoples Bay near Albany, on the South Coast of Western Australia.
It is estimated there are only 30 to 40 animals in the only known wild population, with an additional 90 to 100 animals in two translocated conservation colonies
Gilbert's Potoroo Action Group is a not-for-profit community group, hoping to help save Gilbert's Potoroo from extinction. On our
The information on this website relating to Gilbert's Potoroo has been reviewed by Dr Tony Friend, DPaW's Principal Research Scientist in charge of the Gilbert's Potoroo Recovery Program. Tony is also a member of Gilbert's Potoroo Action Group.
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News stories relating to the conservation of Gilbert's Potoroo and published on our website prior to 2016 are archived here.
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