Alice Springs Desert Park
The fascinating looking Numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus) is an endangered marsupial that is native to parts of Australia. It is under threat from feral predators such as cats and foxes, as well as habitat loss.
It is a diurnal animal (active during the day) whose diet consists almost exclusively of termites, of which they eat up to 20,000 termites a day. Numbats do not need to drink water, as they get enough water from the termites they eat.
The Numbat are also known as the Banded Anteater. Other names include Noombat or Walpurti.
Images © Ausemade PL
ASDP Quick Link: Home | Fauna | Flora | Nature Theatre | Nocturnal House
Australian Boobook | Australian Bustard | Barn Owl | Black-breasted Buzzard | Black-fronted Dotterel | Black Kite | Bourke’s Parrot | Brown Falcon | Desert Scorpion | Dingo | Emu | Ghost Bat | Gidgee Skink | Greater Bilby | Numbat | Potter Wasp | Processionary Caterpillar | Rainbow Bee-eater | Red-capped Robin | Red Kangaroo | Spinifex Hopping Mouse | Spinifex Pigeon | Splendid Fairy-wren | Tawny Frogmouth | Thorny Devil | Wedge-tailed Eagle | Western Bowerbird | Western Quoll | Whistling Kite
- Scientific classification
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Mammalia
- Infraclass: Marsupialia
- Order: Dasyuromorphia
- Family: Myrmecobiidae
- Genus: Myrmecobius
- Species: M. fasciatus
- Binomial name: Myrmecobius fasciatus