Australian Animals

Some of the unique animals for which Australia is famous.
(The Kangaroo and Emu are on Australia's coat of arms)

group of kangaroos
kangaroo hopping
Mob of kangaroos under a tree A kangaroo hopping
kangaroo and joey
sugar glider
A kangaroo with joey in it's pouch A sugar glider
koala climbing
sleepy koala
A koala climbing A sleepy koala
group of koalas
A group of koalas A koala
couple of emus
couple of emus
A couple of emus A couple of emus
wombat crossing a road
A wombat A wombat crossing a road
echidna hindlegs
An echidna on its hind legs An echidna walking
frill necked lizard
A platypus A frill necked lizard
tassy devil side
tassy devil front
Tasmanian devil Tasmanian devil
thylacine in museum
thylacines in zoo
Tasmanian Tiger in a museum
(assumed to be extinct)
A pair of thylacines in captivity
The Thylacine also known as the Tasmanian Tiger or Tasmanian Wolf was a carnivorous marsupial and related to neither a tiger nor a wolf. The animal existed all across Australia and New Guinea although in recent historical times was only to be found on the island state of Tasmania. It is widely believed that the main reason for the disappearance of Thylacinus cynocephalus from mainland Australia is due to the introduction of the domestic dog by human immigrants from Asia. This introduction may have taken place as much as 10,000 years ago, or possibly earlier. These dogs formed feral populations which created ecological competition with the thylacine. Until the arrival of European settlers in the 18th century, thylacines in Tasmania were quite safe because the feral Australian dog (dingo) had never become established there. The settlers waged a genocidal attack on these animals in the mid 19th century. The last verified record of a wild thylacine was an individual killed in 1930. The very last captive animal (Benjamin) died at the Hobart Zoo in September of 1936. Here is some film taken in the early 1900s of a thylacine in a zoo in captivity. The preserved body of a thylacine pup is kept in the Australian Museum. There is a recent plan that is suggesting that because it was preserved in alcohol, its DNA may be extracted and the animal may be cloned once technology allows. Since the disappearance of the thylacine the only remaining carnivorous marsupial is the Tasmanian Devil.

Australia also has a few deadly creatures
(in fact we have many of the deadliest snakes on the planet)

funnel web spider
funnel web fangs
Sydney funnelweb spider
(World's deadliest spider)
Sydney funnelweb fangs

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Last modified: 29th October 2012