External and internal parasites

Almost all mammals, both wild and domestic, are host to various internal and external parasites. Many of these parasites are harmless, but some may be detrimental to the animal's health. When Europeans first brought out their sheep and cattle, pigs and goats, camels, donkeys, deer, dogs, cats, foxes, rabbits - the full list is formidable - they also unwittingly brought a whole new spectrum of parasites and insect pests. The native marsupials undoubtedly carried parasites of various kinds long...

Hairynosed wombat burrows

Wombat Burrows

Ten burrows of the southern hairy-nosed wombat were excavated by Vernon Steele and David Temple-Smith in order to examine their structure, but a different method was used to study the burrows of both species of hairy-nosed wombats by Glen Shimmin and his colleagues. They sank narrow boreholes from the surface to penetrate the roof of the burrow. These boreholes were lined with plastic pipe and a video camera with a light source was lowered down the pipe. This enabled them to view the structure...