As of 12pm AEST Tuesday 23 August the dingo and southern bent-wing bat are through to the grand final of Australian Mammal of the Year! Vote to decide who wins here.
With just three species left in the running, the Australian Mammal of the Year contest had well and truly reached the pointy end of things.
We spoke to three mammal experts about what exactly makes Australia’s over 300 mammals species so incredibly special, and how a contest like Mammal of the Year can help raise much-needed awareness about our lesser-known, misunderstood, or endangered native mammals.
And of course, why their favourite species should be crowned the winner!
Dr Emmi van Harten – Coordinator – Southern Bent-wing Bat National Recovery Team, Zoos Victoria.
Professor Euan Ritchie – Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Deakin University.
Dr Marissa Parrott – Reproductive Biologist, Zoos Victoria.
Imma Perfetto is a science journalist at Cosmos. She has a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Science Communication from the University of Adelaide.
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