Nocturnal Wildlife at Walkabout Park
This information about Nocturnal Animals of Interest living at Walkabout Park was produced by Mr François Boudot as part of his Masters Thesis "Inventory and valorization for the ecotourism of the night-wildlife frequenting the Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park".
François Boudot, final year Agricultural Engineering student of the Institut Polytechnique LaSalle Beauvais, has completed three residential internships at Walkabout Park since 2012.
This, his final project, has focussed on 6 months of on-the-ground nightly observation and analysis of the type and behaviour of the wildlife active after dark at Walkabout Park.
The observation area spanned the 80 acres of natural bushland inside Walkabout Park's fox-proof fence. Observation tools included personal observation and photography plus motion sensor camera traps. The period of research was from February through July 2015, incorporating the full range of seasonal weather conditions.
As at 15 July 2015, Mr Boudot's full thesis is under review by the university. Once finalised, it will be available (subject to permissions) here on the Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park website.
The Australian bush comes alive with wildlife at night. These creatures feed in the trees and under the bushes after dark.
Some are carnivorous like the Spot-tail quoll looking for meat and eggs. Some are insectivorous like the long nosed bandicoot digging for bugs and worms. The flying foxes busily pollinate the night flowering gums while the Tawny frogmouths catch moths and the sugar gliders chew on the bark to reach the nourishing resin.
Click on your nocturnal "Animal of Interest" to read all kinds of fascinating facts about it.
Walkabout Park's bilbies and Tasmanian devils are not actually living wild, but they are important to mention as they are such iconic Australian species. Wild Sleep Out visitors can play tug-of-war with the Tasmanian devils, and see the bilbies hopping around in the moonlight in the "Bilby Camp" looking for bugs and worms.