Rufous Bettong (Aepyprymnus rufescens)

Rufous Bettong (Aepyprymnus rufescens)

A Bettong is a small marsupial that is native to Australia. They are also known as rat-kangaroos due to their unique appearance – they have short, pointed ears like a rat and a long, kangaroo-like tail. There are four species of bettongs, all of which are threatened or endangered due to habit loss and predation by introduced species like foxes and cats. These animals are important for maintaining healthy ecosystems and play a key role in seed dispersal and soil health.

We have had the pleasure of caring for two Bettongs recently Max and Bert. Max and Bert are currently with one of our carers both doing well. They are both on Wombaroo 0.7 milk formula. Bert has his in a bowl, Max a little bit younger so he has his from a bottle. Along with the milk their diet includes sweet potato, celery, corn, cabbage, Buffel grass, vegetable mix with carrots and macropod pellets.

When they are weaned from the Wombaroo 0.7 milk formula they will be soft released on a property in the Maranoa region, until then they will be cared for by a wildlife carer.

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