Animals of Australia

Learn about the animals of Australia!

The Animals

Our unique animals are one of the many reasons people visit our country. Australia has more than 378 mammal species, 828 bird species, 4000 fish species, 300 species of lizards, 140 snake species, two crocodile species and around 50 types of marine mammal.

More than 80 per cent of our plants, mammals, reptiles and frogs are unique to Australia and are found no-where else. Some of our best-known animals are the kangaroo, koala, echidna, dingo, platypus, wallaby and wombat.

Australia’s native animals can often be difficult to spot in the wild, but you are guaranteed to see them in our world-class zoos and wildlife parks across our major cities and regional areas. These include Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, the Rainforest Habitat in Port Douglas, Victoria’s Healesville Sanctuary, South Australia’s Cleland Wildlife Park and Queensland’s Australia Zoo, amongst others.


You know...

Australia doesn’t have large predatory animals, the dingo, or wild dog, is our largest carnivorous mammal. Other unique carnivorous animals include the Numbat, Quoll and Tasmanian Devil, but none of these are larger than the size of an average house cat.


Australian Animal Rescue

Australian Animal Rescue Incorporated is a not for profit, volunteer run, non government organization. Established in April 2009 after the devastating bush fires in Gippsland, Kinglake and Marysville areas of Victoria. Spurred into action by the devastating events unfolding, a group of dedicated volunteers spent 3 months rescuing wildlife and providing as much food and supplies out to the people and animals as possible.


Animals are people too!