French Connections

Did you know the Eastern Bettong (Bettongia gaimardi) was named after a French naturalist?

The scientific community first described this species when French naturalists Quoy and Gaimard collected a specimen from the Blue Mountains in NSW, during a visit of the vessel l’Uranie to Port Jackson under Freycinet in 1819.FrenchBettong

Nearly two hundred years later, we were honoured by a visit of French Ambassador to Australia H.E. Mr. Christophe Lecourtier to Mulligans Flat on the weekend.  After sharing stories of the pre-Renaissance bloom of natural history discoveries we were able to showcase our woodlands restoration efforts.

In addition to the ample bettong sightings we were treated to some rare up-close viewings of the Bush Stone-curlew, a real treat for the Ambassador and the Alliance Francaise team.