Meet Numa – an adventurous and clever little numbat who is interested in everything. She is curious and resourceful and loves to lead her friends into adventures. She usually has a plan to lead them out again too! Numa has a warm hearted nature and makes sure that no-one is excluded.
Numa's thirst for adventure is only surpassed only by her love of a party.
Numa doesn’t like bullies, she likes friends. So when she sees her friends getting bullied it makes her angry and when Numa gets angry she makes plans to sort things out. Numa has dealt with a number of bullies in her time. In fact her whole family were once bullied. This is where her hatred of bullying started and her sense of justice grew.
Although Numa seems like a fun and easygoing friend she is also amazingly smart, something that people often overlook. She is also a loyal and trustworthy friend.
Numbats are an endangered species. They are reddish-brown on their shoulders and head. This colour changes further down the body to black with white stripes. Their bushy tail is about 17 cm long.
Diet: Numbats are insectivores and eat an exclusive diet of termites. An adult Numbat requires up to 20,000 termites each day.
Habitat: They are not strong enough to break into termite mounds themselves, so they wait for termites to come into easy to reach places. For this reason, the Numbat’s lifestyle is very closely linked to termite movements. In summer, termites are out early in the day but retreat deeper into the soil as the day becomes hot. During that part of the day, Numbats retreat to the shelter of either a hollow log or burrow and wait for the cooler part of the afternoon to feed again. In winter, the termites are not active until late morning when the soil begins to warm but remain active until dusk. The Numbat is active at the same time to feed.
To learn more, visit: The Perth Zoo