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Breeding technique to slow marsupial extinction

An innovative breeding technique could help bring Australia’s endangered kangaroos and wallabies back from the brink of extinction.

The technique could deliver a six-fold increase in the breeding rates of some of Australia’s most endangered marsupials.

The technique involves transferring joeys from the endangered brush-tailed rock wallaby and tammar wallaby into the pouches of common wallaby species. This frees the endangered females from the burden of nursing their young and greatly increases their natural breeding rate, enabling them to give birth again within 30 days.

Read more at University of Newcastle

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