You are here:Our endangered animals
Endangered animals list
Banded Anteater (Numbat)

Our endangered animals

Our endangered animals TOP PAGE

  • What's an endangered animal?
  • Endangered animals list
  • Let's study with comics! Why are animals in trouble?
  • What we can all do
  • Tell us what you think

Endangered animals list

Our endangered animals TOP PAGE
What's an endangered animal?
Endangered animals list
  • Search for animals by where they live
    • Animals in Japan
    • Animals in Asia
    • Animals in North America
    • Animals in South America
    • Animals in Europe
    • Animals in Africa
    • Animals in Oceania
  • Search for animals that live on land, fly in the sky, or live near or in the wate
    • Land animals
    • Flying animals
    • Swimming animals
  • Search by cause of endangerment
    • Animals that have had their homes destroyed
    • Animals that have been caught by humans
    • Animals that have lost the fight against other animals
  • Search in alphabetical order
  • Search for animals by name

    Here you can search for an animal by the first letter of its name.

  • Watch a video of the animal
Let's study with comics! Why are animals in trouble?
What we can all do
Tell us what you think
To teachers and guardians
  • English name
    Banded Anteater (Numbat)
  • ClassificationMarsupialia, Myrmecobiidae
  • Scientific nameMyrmecobius fasciatus

Banded Anteater (Numbat)
Click the image to expand

The Banded Anteater sure loves termites. Every day, it eats 20,000 of them! Unfortunately, deforestation has caused the termites to disappear, and the introduction of new animals by humans has caused the Banded Anteaters population to fall.

Size & Weight (Adult)

Body length: Male 20 to 27 cm / Female 21 to 26 cm
Tail length: Male 16 to 21 cm / Female 16 to 19 cm
Weight: Male 370 to 550 g / Female 284 to 530 g

(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)

Where they live

They live in forests of Southwest Australia.

What they eat

They love termites! They have tongues that are more than half the length of their whole body, which they use to lick termites out of their burrows and eat them!

What they are like

They have very blunt claws on their forelegs. Using these claws, they can dig into logs, fallen trees, and earth to hunt for termites.

Find out more about the Banded Anteater (Numbat)!

They can't live without termites...
The Banded Anteater has many unusual features. They are a marsupial just like a kangaroo, but have no belly pouch. A young Banded Anteater hangs from its mother and suckles while they move along together. They are active during the day, which is unusual for a marsupial. Scientists think this is because termites are also the most active during the day. Banded Anteaters love termites! However, deforestation has caused the termite population to nearly disappear, and Banded Anteaters have in turn lost much of their food source.

Humans have introduced new enemies?!
On top of that, humans have also introduced new animals that have made it difficult for the Banded Anteater to survive. Banded Anteaters are hunted by animals like foxes, dogs and cats that are not native to their homeland of Australia, and their population became so low that there were less than 1000 left. Despite people’s effort to conserve them, they are not safe from extinction just yet. It is still important to continue to carry out activities to protect them from enemies and preserve their homelands.


Tell us what you think

Let us know what you think of the website. You can also tell us if there is anything you would like to see more of or learn more about.

  • Click if you are 12 or younger
  • Click if you are 13 or older (including teachers, parents, and caregivers)

See other animals related to this one.

If you click the words above, you can see other animals related to this one.

See animals that live in the same region.

See animals that are endangered for the same reason.

Watch a video of the animal


Read the comic!

  • Part4 "Deforestation - building roads destroys animals"
  • Part6 "Non-native species?! Abandoned pets cause environmental destruction??"

Let's think about what everyone can do to help!

There are things that we can do in our everyday lives to help. Let's look at some tips to helpsave our animal friends! See More

Back to Top