Pip, a young Long-nosed Potoroo has recently joined the team at the Conservation Ecology Centre, joining forces with the Sugar Gliders to create a special nocturnal experience for guests of the Great Ocean Ecolodge.
After dinner guests are invited to accompany a Conservation Research Assistant on a nocturnal wildlife encounter, to meet these special animals and learn about life on the dark side.
Potoroos are small members of the Macropod super-family, most closely related to bettongs and rat-kangaroos. They are mainly nocturnal, resting during the day in nests made of leaves and grasses. Potoroos have a varied diet including feed on fungi, tubers, soil invertebrates, seeds, fruits and vegetation.
A single joey is born once or twice a year after a 38 day gestation – the young is just 0.3g at birth. Like all marsupials Potoroos carry their young in a pouch from where they emerge at between 120-130 days old.
Potoroos are vulnerable to habitat loss and fragmentation as well as predation by introduced cats and foxes. Little Pip has a lot to teach us all about the importance of wildlife – how they live and how we can live with them.
Many thanks to Dunkeld Pastoral Company for sharing Pip with us, and to Marika Van Der Pol, Conservation Research Assistant, for compiling this natural history information.