Choosing a Mammal Emblem for the ACT

A Legislative Assembly Committee is looking into a proposal for a mammal emblem for the ACT.

If you live in the ACT you can have your say in this poll, which invites you to choose between the two strongest candidates for the emblem.

For information about the Inquiry, and how this poll was designed, please go to the Committee website.

The story of the Eastern Bettong
The Eastern Bettong once lived across southern Australia but, due to human activity and the introduction of feral species, became extinct on the mainland in the 1920s.  A population of bettongs from Tasmania was reintroduced to Canberra in 2012, and Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary in Canberra is currently the only place that people can see a bettong on mainland Australia.  Mulligans Flat are trialing a program reintroducing bettongs to the wild in the Lower Cotter Catchment.  Bettongs have an important role in the ecosystem, turning over soil to look for food, which promotes regeneration of vegetation.

The story of the Southern Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby
The Southern Brush Tailed Rock Wallaby has a long association with the ACT and important cultural connections with the local Aboriginal community. Due to hunting for the fur trade and the introduction of feral animals, the Southern variant of the species is at risk of extinction. In 1996 Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve began a conservation program from a captive population of just three animals. Using pioneering breeding techniques Tidbinbilla has successfully bred over 60 animals, and contributed to reintroduction and partner conservation programs. The Tidbinbilla population is now around 30, and after a new sanctuary is constructed in 2018 there are hopes the population will reach 100, enabling their reintroduction into the wild.

* 1. Which animal do you think should be the mammal emblem for the ACT?
Photo credits: Eastern Bettong by Adam McGrath at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary; Southern Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby by Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

* 2. Why did you make this choice?

* 3. Please provide your postcode and email address
The reason for this question is to show that you live in the ACT, and you are only voting once.  We will not use your email address for any other purpose. 

Thank you.  

Please forward this survey to friends, colleagues and family members living in the ACT who may be interested. 

Further information about the Inquiry into a Proposed Mammal Emblem is available on the Legislative Assembly website.

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