Introducing Bogul, the native bush rat

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Native Bush Rat – Rattus fuscipes – with Taronga’s ecological researcher, Dr Grainne Cleary

Taronga Zoo in partnership with Mosman Council and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service are undertaking an exiting new project that will gather scientific data on the impact that black rats have upon native flora and fauna, and how the native bush rat (Bogul) can be reestablished in natural bushland areas after black rats are removed.

Black rats can potentially spread disease to native wildlife, domestic pets and humans, degrade natural bushland areas, and compete with native fauna for food and shelter.

Taronga’s project will be implemented over a three year period and will involve the removal of black rats from Mosman bushland areas, and the introduction of the native Bogul into those same bushland areas to aid in the restoration of the natural ecosystem.

The project is expected to restore bushland and stabilise the ecology of these areas, reducing the spread of weeds and increasing the growth of native flora as well as increasing the abundance of native fauna such as Tawny Frogmouths, antechinuses (small, shrew-like mammals), lizards and frogs.

“Council is committed to supporting this project as it will benefit both the environment and the Mosman community,” says Mosman Mayor Councillor Dom Lopez.

Identifying the black rat, bush rat and possum

Introduced Black Rat - Rattus rattus

Introduced Black Rat
Rattus rattus

Native Bush Rat - Rattus fuscipes

Native Bush Rat
Rattus fuscipes

Native Ringtail Possum - Pseudocheirus peregrinus

Native Ringtail Possum
Pseudocheirus peregrinus

Long tail in relation to body – usually body length Shorter tail Long tail used as another limb with a white tip
Agile climbers Ground dwelling Tree dwelling
Invades human disturbed areas Lives in dense forest undergrowth Lives in urban and bush land habitat
Aggressive Shy Shy
Pointy ears Round ears


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