For most people who live in different countries, the trademark animals that signify Australia are the fuzzy koalas, the spritely kangaroos, and the comical wombats. Surprisingly, this is also what most Australians know of, particularly those who have lived most of their lives in the hustle and bustle of the urban landscape.
Last January, Merlin Entertainments Group conducted a survey at the Wildlife Sydney Zoo. The aim of the study was to find out how many animal species down under could Australians actually identify. Respondents were given a list of about four hundred species native to the country. According to zoo keeper, Kylie Hackshall, the study hopes to educate people, especially Australians, about the wide variety of amazing animals there are to be found down under. Like the koalas and kangaroos, which have become symbols of Australian heritage, these hardly known animals also require the same attention and protection to ensure their continued existence. With a landscape as diverse as Australia, wildlife conservation is a major issue to ensure that future generations are able to enjoy the country’s natural wealth.
Results from the survey showed the following animals as the least known to Aussies, namely the perentie, the rufous bettong, the fat-tailed dunnart, the pandemelon, the spotted-tail quoll, and the spinifex hopping mouse. The perentie is a large lizard that lives in the desert regions of central and Western Australia. The rufous bettong mimics the kangaroo in appearance and action though in a diminutive state. The fat-tailed dunnart is a feisty marsupial having the Tasmanian devil as its cousin.
The pademelon resides in Eastern Australia. The number of nocturnal spotted-tail quoll has largely declined. The spinifex hopping mouse is as cute as a button and lives in the central desert areas.
In line with the goal of the government to safeguard the country’s wildlife, reputable distance education providers now offer animal management for those interested to work in the field of wildlife conservation. These programs establish a solid foundation of knowledge about protecting endangered wildlife.
The basic animal course provides an introduction to what wildlife conservation is as well as a comprehensive explanation of the necessity of its undertaking. This course also provides specific methods of conservation that can best be adapted to a particular species. Additional skills can be taken up with advanced study animal courses for certification and the animal psychology for a deeper understanding of animal behavior.