IUCN Red List: Critically Endangered
Brush-tailed Bettong occurs in Australia. Only a small, fragmented population is left in southwestern Australia. The numbers continue to decrease. The main threats include predation by Red Foxes and feral cats, as well as exposure to infections and bush fires.
■ Included in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species in 1982, listed as Critically Endangered since 2008.
■ Within EAZA, a Brush-tailed Bettong EEP (Endangered Species Programme) was established in 1991. Currently it is coordinated by Zoo Jihlava.
■ Listed in Appendix I of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES, or Washington Convention).
■ Phylum Chordata – chordates
■ Class Mammalia – mammals
■ Infraclass Marsupialia – marsupials
■ Order Diprotodontia – diprotodonts
■ Family Potoroidae – rat-kangaroos
■ Species Bettongia penicillata – Brush-tailed Bettong, or Woylie
■ Subspecies Bettongia penicillata ogilbyi – Brush-tailed Bettong, or Woylie (the only extant subspecies)