What’s your favourite Australian mammal? Wombat? Kangaroo? Possum? Or something less famous, like a dunnart or a dibbler?
We’ve been scrutineering the votes since voting for the finalists closed on Wednesday and today, we can finally announce the Top 10 finalists in the running to become our inaugural Australian Mammal of the Year!
You’ve got just 22 hours to vote for your favourite, after which we’ll remove the lowest-rated mammal, clear the tallies and start again at the same time tomorrow. Get behind our mammals and give them a shoutout to your friends to get them into the next rounds.
In no particular order, here are our Top 10!
Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)
Not to be outdone though, the platypus also got a whole lot of love – swimming its way in to the Top 10 as the next highest voted mammal across all of the categories.
Southern brown bandicoot (Isoodon obesulus)
Caught up in that bandicoot bandwagon, the southern brown bandicoot galloped into second position in the Beloved Burrowers, but still managed to receive the second most votes across all of the categories to secure a Top 10 position.
Vote for the 2022 Australian Mammal of the Year
How does voting work?
“But how does voting work?” you may ask. Don’t worry, it’s super simple.
Voting has now opened for the Top 10 (from 12:00pm AEST Monday 15 August) and will be open for 22 hours – closing tomorrow, Tuesday 16 August, at 10:00am AEST.
Then, at 12:00pm AEST we’ll announce the mammal that has received the least votes and has been booted out of the running.
We’ll set the tally back to zero and open up voting for the Top 9 anew.
Each day we’ll whittle away at the list of our most marvellous mammals until the last two left standing are announced on Tuesday 23 August.
With voting open for two days, we’ll finally put the debate to rest (for this year at least) and crown Australia’s Mammal of the Year on Thursday 25 August!
And for bonus fun, check out the Australasian Mammal Taxonomy Consortium’s Australian Mammals Species List as a great place to discover more species to celebrate and possibly nominate.
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