Consisting of over 800 species, birds are highly adaptable and intelligent, inhabiting all areas of the continent, in all types of environments. Out of 800 species, over 60% breed here in Australia! Others migrate between various regions of the world.
There are over 200 species of native frogs and many of these are endemic (found only in Australia). Frogs live in many different habitats, including arid regions! Frogs are highly sensitive to environmental disturbances. Unfortunately with pollution, habitat destruction and our obsession with chemical sprays and treatments, this puts our native frogs at great risk.
With such amazing diversity, invertebrates account for over 90% of the world’s animal species (yes over 90%)! Love them or hate them, invertebrates are amazing critters, playing very important roles in the delicate balance of our fragile ecosystem. Living in environments ranging from the desert to the ocean and everything in between, inverts are amazing and deserve our respect, understanding and tolerance.
Mammals are warm-blooded vertebrates, categorised as either placental, marsupial or monotreme (egg-laying mammals). All mammals have hair and produce milk to feed their young. Mammals are under constant threat from habitat destruction, introduction of feral animals, human encroachment and other stressors, which has unfortunately taken its toll on many species pushing them to extinction.
Reptiles are a diverse group of cold-blooded animals including crocodiles, lizards, snakes & turtles. Reptiles play a very important role in the ecosystem but are often misunderstood and misrepresented, with many people intrigued and others petrified! The majority of our species are classed as endemic (found only in Australia)… We truly are the lucky country!