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These baby animals are among the 441 threatened species in Australia.
By
Bianca Soldani

17 Jun 2016 - 4:24 PM  UPDATED 7 Sep 2016 - 12:59 PM

There are currently 441 species of native animals in Australia that are in desperate need of protection.

The creatures are classified as either critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable or conservation dependent by the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, and much work is being done to save them from being added to the 54 animals that are already extinct.

Today (7 September) is Threatened Species Day, and this year's date is a particularly significant one as it commemorates the 80th anniversary of the extinction of one of Australia's largest predators, after the last Tasmanian tiger died at Hobart Zoo on September 7, 1936. 

In the spirit of the day - which is designed to celebrate the recovery work being undertaken across the country to protect our surviving species - here are 11 baby native animals on our endangered and threatened list.

But of course it isn't only our cute animals that are in need of protection.

Leadbeater's Possum (Gymnobelideus leadbeateri)

Former environment minister Greg Hunt, listed the Leadbeater's possum as critically endangered last year after it was found that the species' population had dropped 80 per cent in the past three decades.

Swift Parrot (Lathamus discolor)

Living predominantly in eastern NSW and Tasmania, the Swift Parrot is considered critically endangered as its numbers are low and not increasing. When full-grown, the parrots have mostly bright green feathers with a red, blue and yellow spotted face.

Greater glider (Petauroides volans)

The greater glider is one of the newest additions to the federal government's list after it was classified as vulnerable in April. The large gliding marsupial exclusively eats eucalypt leaves and buds and can be found along most of Australia's east coast.

Kangaroo Island Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus multiaculeatus)

As its name suggests, this endangered Echidna can only be found on South Australia's Kangaroo Island. They're a subspecies of the more common short-beaked echinda and individuals can live for more than 50 years.

Eastern Barred Bandicoot (Perameles gunnii Victorian subspecies)

Once a widespread species in Victoria, the Eastern Barred Bandicoot is now extinct in the wild and only found in small pockets where they have been introduced. 2010 data showed there are only 150 to 300 individuals left.

Christmas Island Gecko (Lepidodactylus listeri)

This critically endangered gecko lives in rainforests on Christmas Island where it eats termites and small bugs. It's a bisexual species that only grows to five centimetres long.

Mountain Pygmy Possum (Burramys parvus)

This tiny critter weighs only 45 grams and hibernates through winter in burrows under the snow. Ski fields in their habitat are threatening the endangered species, as it reduces the depth of the snow which is needed to keep it insulated and warm.

Numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus)

A vulnerable species, numbats call the southern corners of Western Australia and parts of South Australia home. They live in eucalypt forests and only eat termites. 

Plains-wanderer (Pedionomus torquatus)

Plains-wanderers are a small quail-like bird listed as critically endangered. They love sparse, treeless habitats which have been threatened by the cultivation and conversion of their natural homes to croplands.

Western Pygmy Possum (Cercartetus concinnus)

This extremely small possum has been listed as endangered by the NSW Scientific Committee as their numbers in the southwestern part of the state have dwindled. They are also found in Western Australia, Victoria, and South Australia, where they are considered near-threatened. 

Woylie (Bettongia penicillata)

The small, kangaroo-like woylie was first listed as endangered in 1982 after their population became threatened by red foxes. They reach a maximum weight of 1850 grams and build nests on the ground. 

NSW Environment Minister Marl Speakman tells SBS that there are a number of ways in which people can help protect wildlife including having native plants in your garden, keeping water outside for possums and native wildlife, and keeping pet cats inside at night or fitting their collar with a warning bell.

The minster also advises against pouring chemicals down the drain and says people can "consider joining your local Landcare or Bushcare group".

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