Powerful Owl

Powerful Owl
The Powerful Owl, Ninox Strenua , is Australia's largest owl. It lives mainly in tall, humid forests but can also be found in semi-arid areas. Its range stretches across South-East Australia, from southern Queensland all the way to South Australia and includes urban areas in Melbourne and Sydney. Although not listed as threatened nationally under t...
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Quokka

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​The Quokka is a small marsupial, about the size of a domestic cat, found on some smaller islands off the coast of WA .  There's a small colony in a protected area of Two People Bay Nature Reserve, where the critically endangered Gilbert's Potoroo is also found.  Quokkas are classified as vulnerable and are t...
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Helmeted Honeyeater

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The Helmeted Honeyeater, aka HeHo, is Victoria's bird emblem. HeHos live in swamp forests in Victoria's East and are critically endangered, with a wild population of only 150.

Growling Grass Frog

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The Growling Grass Frog, Litoria Raniformis , once widespread around Victoria now exists in isolated pockets in the greater Melbourne area and South-West, Central and Eastern Victoria.

Mountain Pygmy Possum

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The Mountain Pygmy Possum is Australia's only hibernating marsupial. It lives in Victoria's highlands and spends 6 months of the year hibernating and the rest frolicking in the high plains.  On the Brink of Extinction  Current estimates of its population gives us less than 2000 of these creatures left. Zoos Victoria manages a captive bree...
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Regent Honeyeater

Regent Honeyeater
​The Regent Honeyeater, Anthochaera phrygia , closely related to the wattlebird, is a critically endangered native pollenator that has suffered greatly from land clearing and degradation. Once found in flocks from Brisbane to Adelaide, just 500 of these birds now live in dry box forests and woodland areas in Western NSW. A massive effort is underwa...
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Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat

Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat
The Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat is one of the world's most critically endangered species. It is  the largest herbivorous burrowing mammal in the world and disappeared rapidly after the introduction of sheep, cattle and rabbits into Australia, due to competition for grass (their nutrition is based on almost 100% grass).  At one time, their...
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Yellow-bellied Glider

Yellow-bellied Glider
The Yellow-bellied Glider lives along the East coast of Australia, from Northern Queensland to Victoria. Although it's not currently listed as threatened, its habitat is being decimated in Victoria's alpine areas and populations in NSW are facing extinction .

Glossy Black Cockatoo

Glossy Black Cockatoo

The Glossy Black-Cockatoo is the smallest of the five black-cockatoos. Populations have declined, with local extinctions and range contraction mainly caused by clearing of habitat. More frequent and intense fires in south-eastern Australia since settlement have also reduced suitable habitat. Grazing, which suppresses casuarina regeneration, and forestry practices that remove casuarina also contribute to declines.

Greater Sooty Owl

Greater Sooty Owl

Prior to European settlement the Greater Sooty Owl was abundant in Victoria's montane forests. Due to loss of habitat, it is now listed as endangered in Victoria.

Tasmanian Devil

Tasmanian Devil

Tasmanian Devils are under threat by Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD). This disease currently afflicts three quarters of Tasmania's Devils but is absent from Devils in the Tarkine in Tasmania's North West.

Baw Baw Frog

Baw Baw Frog
The Baw Baw Frog, Philoria frosti, a mottled brown-black native of Mount Baw Baw, is listed under the IUCN red list as critically endangered. The frog has a very restricted distribution, confined to an area of only 10 square kilometres in Victoria's Central Highlands.The frog recently experienced a massive population crash, surveys indicate that its numbers decreased by 98 per cent between 1993 and 2008, mainly due to logging and other environmental stresses. Numbers have slid even further in the past two years, and there are now less than 250 individuals now left in the wild.In 2012, the Victorian government withdrew $20,000 in funding for wild population surveys. Zoos Victoria has stepped in to allow the annual surveys to continue. Unfortunately, this funding does nothing to arrest the species' decline.
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Leadbeater's Possum

Leadbeater's Possum

The Leadbeater's or "fairy possum" is Victoria's iconic faunal emblem.

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