Southern Brown Bandicoot

Protecting our nosey neighbours

At Cranbourne Gardens we are lucky to be the custodians of a large population of endangered Southern Brown Bandicoots. With a few small actions, we can all improve their chances of surviving and thriving in South-East Melbourne.

Proudly supported by the 'Nature next door' Melbourne Strategic Assessment Program.

Why Southern Brown Bandicoots need our help:

Fifty years ago, many residents of south-east Melbourne would often have seen the long, pointy nose, humped back and stumpy tail of the Southern Brown Bandicoot, snuffling around searching for bugs and fungi to eat.  As Melbourne has grown, our now nationally endangered bandicoots are getting harder to find.  

Thanks to removal of habitat, introduced predators like foxes and cats, and big, busy roads isolating populations, our bandicoots are in trouble. If we don’t take some serious action quickly, there’s a real chance we might lose them forever.

A photo showing a Southern Brown Bandicoot digging, with its distinctive round bottom and stumpy tail.

Southern Brown Bandicoots dig small conical holes in search of food. Just one Southern Brown Bandicoot can turn over 3.9 tonnes of soil in a year, increasing nutrient circulation, improving water penetration into the soil, and helping to spread beneficial fungi. 

Need to get in touch?


Southern Brown Bandicoot Outreach Officer

03 5990 2262

Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne