Journal article

Quantifying predation attempts on arboreal marsupials using wildlife crossing structures above a major road

Kylie Soanes, Briony Mitchell, Rodney van der Ree



We review eight years of monitoring data to quantify the number of predation attempts on arboreal marsupials using canopy bridges and glider poles across a major road in south-east Australia. We recorded 13488 detections of arboreal marsupials on the structures, yet only a single (and unsuccessful) predation attempt was recorded.


Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

We thank The Baker Foundation, The Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology, the Australian Research Council (grant LP0560443), The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, the Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (ANZ Trustees Foundation), VicRoads and the New South Wales Roads and Maritime Services for their support. Research was carried out under the approval of The University of Melbourne Animal Ethics Committee (permit Nos0810924.3 and 1112269.1) and the Department of Sustainability and Environment (wildlife research permit Nos 10004763 and 1006094). Rebekah Soanes and Lee Harrison provided invaluable assistance in the field. Thanks to Dave Watson and Alex Kutt for providing advice on the possible identity of the bird species.