Marsupials often struggle to survive, and kangaroos are currently hunted for food and hides. The greater bilby Macrotis lagotis has decreased greatly over the years due to habitat loss from farming and introduced predators like feral cats and foxes. There are breeding programs for this species now, and they are being reintroduced into western Queensland, Australia, to repopulate their lost numbers.
The mountain pygmy-opossum Burramys parvus numbers less than 2,000 in the wild, due to construction of roads, dams, and ski resorts in its mountainous habitat. The hairy-nosed wombat Lasiorhinus graffiti has about 70 individuals left in one of the national parks in Queensland. This wombat is at critical risk due to overhunting for its thick fur.
There are many more marsupials that are endangered or at critical risk, and several that have already gone extinct. Australia now uses various management practices to protect its marsupials. We also need to do our part to keep them around. Reducing your ecological footprint, recycling, and being aware of the products you are buying and where they come from are all things you can do to help our pouched friends!
You can help us bring species back from the brink by supporting the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy. Together we can save and protect wildlife around the globe.