The oldest female numbat to exist has passed away. Kirra, the numbat, left the world at the age of 11. She is indeed a savior for her species. She was able to produce 20 offsprings in her days at Perth Zoo. Resultantly, it helped the marsupials’ population in Western Australia.
Perth Zoo have a breeding program aimed at multiplying the numbers of numbats. The Manager, Dr. Peter Mawson, discussed Kirra’s contributions, “Her contribution’s been wonderful. It’s quite rare we get a female, backing up year after year, the survival rate of her young was really wonderful.”
The manager further talks about how they are very hard to produce. Their constant efforts resulted in only four babies born each year.
All the offsprings have either gone to other zoos for breeding purposes or in to the wild.
The numbats death had an impact on many. Dr. Peter even said, “It has been a little hard for some staff because for the whole time they’ve worked here Kirra has been around because she was hand-raised she’s come up to us in the enclosure.”
Numbats diet majorly consists exclusively of termites. They can eat up to 20,000 termites in a day, their activity also aligns with the insects. They have excellent sense of smell and can spot their food very well.
The species is 35 to 45 cm long and they have bushy tails. They can have a range of colors from soft grey to reddish-brown.
Moreover, the marsupials were present abundantly in Australia before the arrival of the Europeans. Currently, they are only naturally found in eucalypt forests. The prevailing belief is that there are fewer than 1,000 numbats in the wild.
Kirra was a rather friendly creature. The average age of the species is 5 years thus, the hero female lived a full life.
She was a very special member of Perth Zoo.