Native Cat

There are two native cats, both carnivores and both uncommon – the native cat (or quoll) and the tiger cat. Both are tenacious, ferocious predators. The native cat especially, has been known to become so over-excited by killing, that he will hang onto his victims and risk being caught rather …

Platypus

The platypus is a well-known curiosity of Australia, and is surprisingly related to the echidna.  Platypus has fur like an animal, lays eggs like a lizard or bird, has a soft leathery beak, webbed feet like a water bird, and swims like a fish – in fact, Platypus was originally …

Possum

These nocturnal creatures live in trees or maybe in your roof!  It’s quite exciting to go possum spotting at night with a torch in the bush as a child and it’s something most young Australian country people have done. Possum’s large eyes have adapted to night vision and most possums …

Rat

Rodents, more specifically rats, are regarded in many different ways by people. To some, they are reviled as disease carrying (‘you dirty rat!’) or crop destroying vermin; to others they are intelligent and beloved pets; and to others they are farmed for their fur or used in vivisection (animal experimentation.) …

Seal

The Australian sea lion is one of four native seals, and the only one uniquely Australian.  These beautiful creatures are very curious by nature and are well-loved performers. Their diet in the wild has been known to include fish and fairy penguins.  The male Australian sea lion and elephant seals …

Tasmanian Devil

This carnivorous creature is only found in Tasmania. Well-known as a cartoon character, the Tasmanian Devil has a destructive and evil reputation – and not just from its namesake, the Devil. Carnivores the world over have been persecuted, some to the point of endangerment. These creatures inspire horror and fear …

Wombat

Wombats are slow, solitary creatures, looking cute and comical whether they are sleeping away the day or ambling through the night. A vegetarian, wombat is nocturnal and lives in a burrow; in fact, the wombat is the biggest burrowing animal in the world. Strong, solid animals, Wombat can bring up …