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Aussie Ark Enter 'Rat Race' to Prevent Extinction

Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team

Date: September 23, 2021 2:05 am

Broad-toothed Rat Aussie Ark

The broad-toothed rat will be conserved under new efforts launched by Aussie Ark

Photo Credit: Museums Victoria

Aussie Ark have launched a crowdfunding campaign to prevent the extinction of the broad-toothed rat. The new program is to be established at the conservation organizations Barrington Tops sanctuary.

Here Aussie Ark will build a captive breeding nucleus for the species housed in an intensive breeding facility. They will also prepare sites for release and research the species. Aussie Ark will complete pioneering research in to behavioral traits of this species.

The team at Aussie Ark are highly experienced in conserving some of the most iconic and elusive endangered species in Australia.

“We love being able to shed light on some of Australia’s more unknown species” Says Hayley Shute, Manager of Conservation at Aussie Ark. “Rats bring with them the connotation of dirty and diseased and lack the attention of the world in comparison to pandas, elephants, or tigers. However, they play a critical role, and it’s up to us to make sure they are given the chance to survive” She continues. 

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Don't let the name fool you in to thinking the broad-toothed rat may be something we don't want around. These animals, also known as the Tooarrana have a unique nature and behavior and are critical to their native environment.

Due to their diet being almost entirely made up of greenery they have highly noticeable bright green feaces.

Unfortunately the broad-toothed rat has suffered from the introduction of predators such as foxes and cats which prey on them and feral horses, cattle and pigs which degrade their habitat. Invasive weeds will also take over their habitat removing food and shelter opportunities.

“Without intervention the Broad-toothed Rat’s demise is imminent. I refuse to sit back and watch, and I hope the rest of Australia can get behind us. I cannot stress enough how quickly they are disappearing, and that action is needed right now” Says Hayley Shute. 

Over 1/3 of their remaining habitat was destroyed by bushfire in the 2019/2020 fire season.

To support the crowdfunding campaign go here – Aussie Ark JustGiving

Learn more about Aussie Ark on their website – Aussie Ark

Broad-toothed Rat Aussie Ark

The broad-toothed rat will be conserved under new efforts launched by Aussie Ark

Photo Credit: Museums Victoria

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