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Australia's Rainforests - Western Australia

Rainforest thickets are scattered throughout the Kimberly Region of Western Australia and provide a unique habitat for wildlife.

Rainfall varies in this region from 1400mm annually on the Mitchell Plateau to less than 400mm towards the Great Sandy Desert. Average maximum temperatures are over 35oC, the lowest dropping to under 5oC inland, 90% of the annual rainfall usually occurs within the four month wet season.  

  • In this dry landscape less than 5,000 hectares of rainforest exists today.

  • These pockets of rainforest provide concentrations of fruit far greater than other habitats.

  • These in turn attract many different species of birds and flying foxes that forage between these rainforest patches, in turn dispersing seeds and pollinating flowers.
Climatic types of rainforest in:

  • Dry

Threatened rainforest species in Western Australia:

  • Golden Bandicoot (Isoodon auratus auratus) IUCN Vulnerable.

    • Legislative Status: IUCN: Vulnerable, EPBC Act: Vulnerable, WCA: Rare.

    • North Kimberly rainforest margins.

    • Under threat from introduced predators like foxes and cats they have taken refuge on islands. Little is know about the mainland populations, they are nocturnal foraging for insects and plant material.

  • Golden- backed Tree-rat (Mesembriomys macrurus) IUCN: Vulnerable Australia Vulnerable, NT Critically Endangered.

    • Legislative Status: IUCN: Vulnerable, EPBC Act: Vulnerable, TPWC Act: Critically Endangered.

    • North west Kimbery in .a variety of habitats but is declining from the drier areas.

    • Flowers fruits and termites are a major part of it’s diet and the majority of fruits are species common on rainforest edges.

  • Northern Quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus) IUCN Lower Risk Near Threatened. Australia Endangered. NT Critically Endangered.

    • Legislative Status: IUCN: Lower Risk / Near Threatened, EPBC Act: Endangered, WCA: Rare.

    • Kimberly

    • Occurs in northern Australia, but disappearing dramatically from lower rainfall areas their range has been severely reduced. It is also under threat from the introduction of Cane Toads. It is the smallest, most arboreal and aggressive of all Australia’s quoll species.

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