Alice Springs Desert Park

ASDP Fauna> Birds Marsupials

Whilst Alice Springs Desert Park is home to some marsupials, these are nocturnal. For your chance to see some of these marsupials, they can be found in the Nocturnal House and on the Nocturanal Tour.

Some of the nocturnal marsupial species that can be seen at the park, are the Bettong, Bilby, Marla, Mulgara, Golden Bandicoot, Western Quoll and the Red-tailed Phascogale. Others, like the Red Kangaroo can be seen in the Kangaroo enclosure.

Greater Bilby (Macrotis lagotis)
Greater Bilby (Macrotis lagotis)
Numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus)
Numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus)
Red Kangaroo (Osphranter rufus)
Western Quoll (Dasyurus geoffroii), Alice Springs Desert Park
Western Quoll (Dasyurus geoffroii)

Marsupials are members of the mammalian infraclass Marsupialia. One of the distinctive characteristics that are common to most of the species, is that the young are carried in a pouch. The word marsupial comes from marsupium, a pouch that protects eggs and offspring, or reproductive structures.

For more information on marsupials, check out the following sections:


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Clade: Metatheria
  • Infraclass: Marsupialia

ASDP MarsupialsGreater Bilby Numbat Red Kangaroo Western Quoll

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