It’s been a busy first week in our mammo v mammo competition, but some early frontrunners have emerged from the pack.
The dugong (Dugong dugon) and Rakali (Australian water rat, Hydromys chrysogaster) are streaking ahead atop their class leaderboards in the inaugural Australian Mammal of the Year competition.
Dugongs have earned 36% of the vote in the Marine category, ahead of the Australian fur seal and southern right whale – both with 11% of the vote.
It’s a particularly impressive start for the Dugongs, which are in a league of their own early in the race for their category win – and the ultimate crown.
It holds 33% of the votes cast in its class, ahead of the Dusky and Mitchell’s hopping mice.
Not unlikely their namesakes in the AFL, the kangaroos (in this case the reds and eastern greys) are languishing at the bottom of the ladder, sharing just five percent of the votes cast.
Things are much more competitive in the Bats category, with none of these winged mammals getting carried away in the first quarter of the knockout rounds.
The grey-headed flying fox, ghost bat, spectacled flying-fox and southern bent-wing bat are all within fifty votes of one another in a competitive early contest.
Among the macropods, the western grey kangaroo and antilopine wallaroos might be taking a ‘one week at a time’ strategy, but they’ll need plenty of help from their supporters as they trail their superstar cousins, including Western Australia’s favourite sons (and daughters) the Quokka by quite a way.
Australia’s possums also have two contenders who’ve come out hard early, with the sugar glider and mountain pygmy possum bursting out of the blocks to share almost half of the total votes cast in their category.
But there are plenty of potentials further down the order, like the savannah glider, scaly-tailed and green ringtail possums.
Surprisingly, the Tasmanian devil is battling to keep pace with the leaders, with the the Apple Isle’s favourite emblem languishing in fourth place.
Voting to find category favourites for the final crown for Australian Mammal of the Year continues until August 11. Learn more and vote here and Australian Community Media mastheads online.
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