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Animals

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There is a wealth of information on animals from Australia as well as specific types of animals. Details are provided below.

This page provides information on Australian animals - marsupials, other unique animals, dangerous or endangered animals, animal images, more.

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Australian Animals

Birds

Dingos & Thylacines

Dingos

  • Dingo
    Names, description, communication, behaviour, mortality, health, distribution, impact, legal status, control measures, conservation, origin, genetic status, interbreeding, attacks on humans, references, literature, links. Wikipedia.
  • Dingo [2]
    Canis familiaris dingo. Life, reproduction, distribution, more.
  • The Dingo in Australia
    Brief facts done in a series of paragraphs or points.
  • Dingos in Australia
    Their Origins and Impact. Fact Sheet from the Australian Museum Online.

Thylacines [Tasmanian Tiger]

  • Australia’s Thylacine
    Australian Museum Online. Covers information in response to 8 questions.
  • Thylacine
    Evolution, discovery, taxonomy, description, ecology, behaviour, extinction, modern research, cultural references, notes, references, links. Wikipedia.
  • The Thylacine Films
    ‘The following 7 film clips comprise all the motion picture footage known to exist of living thylacines. All of the films are silent - no sound was recorded when they were originally made’. Another site with Video and stills can be found here.
  • The Thylacine Museum
    ‘Online educational guide to the thylacine, or Tasmanian tiger. Here you will find information covering virtually every aspect of the natural history of this unique Australian marsupial’.
    Brilliant !
  • Thylacine Research Unit
    ‘Engaged in field investigations and experiments designed to address various aspects of the natural history and determination of the continued existence of the thylacine’. See what you think.
  • Thylacoleo
    ‘Welcome to Thylacoleo, a natural history of the Thylacoleonidae. Thylacoleonids are predatory marsupials which lived in Australia from Late Oligocene times until the end of the Pleistocene. Members of this marsupial family varied in dimensions from that of a house cat to nearly the size of an African lion’.

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General Information

Sites about both past and present Australian animals.

  • Animal Facts
    ‘The following Animal Fact Sheets have been compiled by members of the Zoo and Aquarium Association Education Specialist Advisory Group. Click on relevant links to learn about some of Australasia’s amazing animals’.
  • Australian Wildlife
    ‘Information on topics relating to Australian wildlife’. Feature stories, short notes, scientific reports.
  • Australia’s Extinct Animals
    ‘Australia’s reptiles, birds, mammals from the Cretaceous to the present’.
  • Bush Blitz
    ‘Australia’s largest nature discovery project - a three-year multimillion dollar partnership to document the plants and animals in hundreds of properties across Australia’s National Reserve System. Bush Blitz is expected to uncover hundreds of new species’.
  • Invasive Animal Cooperative Research Centre
    ‘The Invasive Animals CRC creates new technologies and integrated strategies to reduce the impact of invasive animals on Australia’s economy, environment, and people’. Works with animals such as feral pigs, rabbits, foxes, fish species and wild dogs.
  • List of Mammals of Australia
    ‘A total of 379 species of mammals have been recorded in Australia and surrounding continental waters; 357 indigenous and 22 introduced’. Wikipedia.
  • Mulgara
    ‘The Mulgara is an endangered Australian Marsupial that lives in the Spinifex bush and deserts of Central Australia’. Wikipedia.
  • Species Bank
    Simple, reliable information about many Australian species. Each description is illustrated and includes information on distribution, biology, interaction with humans.
  • Tasmanian Devil
    Good information, audio, video and more about this iconic animal.

Threatened Species

Koalas

  • Australian Koala Foundation
    Koala conservation, present status, images, newsletters, media & news, how you can help save Koalas, more.
  • Koalas
    What is a Koala ?, Habitat & Diet, Communication, Threats, bibliography, Photo Gallery, Movies, links.
  • Koalas
    Species & taxonomy, physiology, brief history, facts, links to related sites. Some great images.
  • Ten Facts About Koalas
    National Geographic Kids. ‘Ready for the lowdown on one seriously cute creature ? Join National Geographic Kids as we check out ten fascinating facts about koalas’.

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Macropods

Includes kangaroos, wallabies, related animals.

  • Grey Kangaroo
    Go to the following for the Red Kangaroo and the Tree Kangaroo. Done by the WWF.
  • Kangaroo Facts
    Kangaroo information, facts, kangaroo figures.
  • Macropodidae
    ‘Macropods are marsupials belonging to the family Macropodidae, which includes kangaroos, wallabies, tree-kangaroos, pademelons and several others’. Physical description, fossil record, classification, references, other links. Wikipedia.
  • Macropods - Gallery
    A gallery of images of various macropods from babies to fully grown, From the Australian Wildlife Carers Network.
  • Macropods - Tasmania
    ‘There are five species of macropod family [which includes kangaroos, wallabies, bettongs and potoroos]. The species found in Tasmania’ include those listed. Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.
  • Multitudes of Macropods
    From The Kangaroo Trail. ‘There are many more species of macropods in Australia and New Guinea [67 species] than antelope in southern Africa [34 species]’. Titles and descriptions provided.
  • Quokka
    Ecology, description, interaction with humans, status, European discovery, name, references, links. Wikipedia. Link at the bottom to images and a movie.
  • Red Kangaroo
    Facts and images of the “Big Red”.
  • State of Australia’s Threatened Macropods
    ‘The report summarises the status of threatened macropod species within Australia and identifies a priority list of species on which to focus’. WWF. You can also access a Fact Sheet on Kangaroos & Wallabies and The Action Plan for Threatened Australian Macropods 2011-2021.
  • Wallaby
    Range, habitat, classification, feral populations, species, fictional wallabies, references, links. Wikipedia.
  • Wallaby [Macropus]
    Overview, images, Wallaby Facts.
  • Wild Harvest of Australian Native Animals
    Australian Department of the Environment and Heritage. ‘In Australia, state and territory governments have primary responsibility for managing kangaroos and wallabies. Some states have determined that kangaroos may be sustainably harvested’. Provides statistics, plus other information.

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Monotremes

Includes Platypus and Echidna [Spiny Ant Eater].

Echidna

  • Echidna
    Description, evolution, taxonomy, references, external links. ikipedia.
  • Monotreme Extreme
    Echidna facts, care, Echidna Watch, rescue, research, For the Kids. Information from Pelican Lagoon Research & Wildlife Centre.
  • Short-Beaked Echidna
    Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment. Information, graphics.
  • The Enigma of the Echidna
    ‘Scientists are continually perplexed by this egg-laying Australian mammal’s unpredictable behaviour and strange physical characteristics’. Fairly short article.

Platypus

  • Platypus
    Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment. Listen to them, find basic information, read from the bibliography provided.
  • Platypus [2]
    Taxonomy, etymology, description, venom, ecology, behaviour, evolution, conservation status, cultural references, notes, references, links. Wikipedia.
  • Platypus [3]
    About, habitat, sightings, electric field, Platypus facts, pictures, videos.
  • Platypus - Evolution and Conservation
    Information based on 4 major points. What are they ?, What do fossils tell us ?, What is the evolutionary history ?, What are the implications for conservation ?. Australian Museum Online.
  • Platypus Facts
    Overview, how it got its name, what is the plural ?, where it lives, venom.

Other Marsupials

Quolls

Wombats

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Snakes & Lizards

Lizards

Snakes

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