Despite the fact that the year 2020 has been essentially reliably appalling, the world actually figured out how to shock us with some great stuff, with its vast majority being revelations or rediscoveries of charming creature species thought to be terminated. For example, as you may review, the Somali elephant vixen has been rediscovered in Africa following 50 years of lack of clarity, and the more prominent lightweight flyer has been distinguished as 3 distinct species after not being perceived as discrete species for a very long time.
- Recently, another one of these discoveries was announced after the Aussie conservation group Kangaroo Island Land for Wildlife spotted a little pygmy possum that hadn’t been seen since the Australian bushfires in 2019-2020.
- Approximately a year ago, Australian bushfires tragically destroyed almost half of Kangaroo Island. For almost a year, it was believed that these delicate creatures were wiped out since their habitat was radically destroyed in bushfires that burnt almost half of Kangaroo Island. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case.
- “The status of the little pygmy possum (Cercartetus lepidus) was unknown pre-2020 bushfires on #kangarooisland. With most of its habitat severely burnt, we are happy to have detected the species for the first time since the fires in the largest unburnt patch,” the fauna ecologist Pat Hodgens wrote in a Twitter post announcing the rediscovery.
- Many animal species were thought to be wiped out, including the adorable pygmy possum. Since these adorable pygmy possums are incredibly small and were pretty rare to begin with, it was generally quite difficult to look for them. “There’s only really been 113 formal records of the species [ever on Kangaroo Island]. So certainly not very common and, obviously, the bushfires burnt through much of that habitat that species had, but we were certainly hopeful that we would find them,” Pat Hodgens told ABC. Fortunately, the tiny creature was recently rediscovered by an Aussie conservation group.
- Turns out, the animal was rediscovered as a part of larger investigations aimed to find out which species are still around after the disastrous bushfires. During these investigations, more than 20 different wildlife species have already been rediscovered, including the tammar wallaby and southern brown bandicoot. During the investigations on the island, more than 20 species have been rediscovered, including the southern brown bandicoot.
- And a Bibron’s toadlet. “We’ll do everything we can to protect them to ensure that they hang around during this pretty critical time,” Pat Hodgens told ABC. “It’s very important now because it is kind of like the last refuge for a lot of these species that really rely on very old long, unburned vegetation.” Image credits: Kangaroo Island Land for Wildlife. More info: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/KILandforWildlife)