The Potoroo is a marsupial, which means that the young are carried in a pouch. A relative of the Kangaroo, this small secretive animal is rarely seen in the wild.
Interesting fact: Also known as the Rat kangaroo; they can leap very high to escape danger!
Various types of forest with a dense understorey. It needs thick ground cover to provide protection and nesting material with light soils to help it dig for food. Many of Australia's forests are under threat from large bush fires. Bush fires remove the dense cover that small animals like the Potoroo need to survive. Other threats come from introduced species such as foxes and feral cats. Natural predators are Dingos, snakes and birds of prey.
They dig for food; constantly turning over leaf litter and surface dirt in search of fruiting bodies of fungi, roots, flowers, seeds, insects and insect larvae.
Breeding and social dynamics
They live in family groups and females give birth to only one offspring a year. The young are born naked and blind and not much larger than a five pence piece! Unseen by human eyes the new-born will make their way from the birth canal to the pouch where they continue to grow before emerging several months later.