Conservation status

Although T. aculeatus have a wide distribution, populations are not large. Throughout Australia numbers have declined due to loss of habitat, predation by feral foxes, cats, dogs, and pigs, as well as roads, electric fences, and herbicide/pesticide use. IUCN lists this species as Lower Risk/Near Threatened. Zaglossus spp. are listed as Endangered throughout their range. Populations have disappeared primarily due to hunting which increased with human densities and a breakdown in traditional taboos.

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