Threatened mammals of the Lower Hunter

Iconic species such as the koala and brush-tailed rock-wallaby are some of the threatened mammals in the Hunter Valley. Bats, possums, and gliders are equally important species that pollinate our trees and help spread native seeds.

Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus), Heathcote National ParkMammals in the Hunter Valley face a range of threats, including habitat degradation and the impacts of invasive species.

The loss and fragmentation of key habitats such as tree hollows and feed trees reduce the number of animals an area can support.

Feral cats and foxes also frequently kill native mammals, while rabbits, goats and other invasive herbivores out-compete native mammals for food and shelter resources.

Restoring and connecting habitats while controlling invasive species is important for protecting our unique and iconic native mammals.


Help save our threatened mammals

You can help save our threatened mammals by doing a few simple things:

  • plant native trees and shrubs in your garden and retain trees with hollows
  • keep your cat indoors - especially at night – and put a bell on its collar
  • keep your dog on a leash in bushland, and don't bring dogs into national parks
  • slow down when driving near bushland to help wildlife safely cross the road.
  • report native animal sightings on iNaturalist Australia
  • learn more about how you can help wildlife in emergencies.