An overview of the beautiful Australian native wildlife

Mary Anne Lonergan December 12, 2019

Unique native Australian animals

An overview of the beautiful Australian native wildlife

It’s a lesser-known fact that Australia is the only continent where three major groups of mammals can still be found – monotremes, placentals, and marsupials. Australian wildlife is full of a wide range of unique and different animals. Some of these animals are extremely popular like kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, dingos etc. while some other native Australian animals are known to a limited number of people. For those interested in learning about the native wildlife of Australia, here’s a brief overview.

Kangaroo

Kangaroos are probably the biggest attraction for which visitors from across the globe travel to Australia. These are the largest marsupials, sometimes standing at over 6 feet tall. Different types of kangaroos include the red kangaroos, eastern gray kangaroos, and Kangaroo Island kangaroos. These can be widely found in almost every Australian zoos and wildlife sanctuaries.

Koala

These Australian native wildlife animals, which are herbivorous in nature, are widely found in coastal areas of Victoria and Queensland. Though people often take it to be a bear, in reality, it’s a pouched mammal (marsupial).

Wombat

Looking like miniature bears, these marsupials can weigh from 44 to 77 pounds and grow up to 3 feet long. One may consider wombats slow because of their pudgy appearance but they’ve the ability to run up to 25 miles per hour. Unlike many other marsupials, these Australian animals come with pouch facing backwards.

Numbat

These endangered small marsupials can be found in the southwest Western Australia. Unfortunately, these Australian native wildlife animals are hunted by lots of animals because of their small size.

Several other wildlife wonders can be found in Australia and that’s why it can be considered as a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers.

 

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References:

The Nature Conservancy. “10 Weird and Wonderful Wildlife of Australia.” Accessed April 23, 2019. https://www.natureaustralia.org.au/explore/australian-animals/10-weird-and-wonderful-wildlife-of-australia/

Santillan, Lizandra. “11 Unique Australian Animals (and Some You Never Knew Existed!).” ABOUT AUSTRALIA, July 10, 2018. https://www.aboutaustralia.com/blog/11-unique-australian-animals-wildlife/

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