Ask someone to name an Australian animal and there’s a good chance that the answer will be ‘a kangaroo’. Kangaroos are certainly one of the most iconic of the many wild animals that inhabit this great continent, but the images in this photo gallery will introduce you to other creatures that rank among the most beautiful and unusual animals on earth.
There are images of the Australian echidna, Tachyglossus aculeatus, that’s commonly known as a spiny anteater, and that’s shown here in the outback and in woodlands. The echidna is one of the most weird animals you’ll ever see, for it’s a monotreme, an egg-laying mammal, a distinction it shares with only one other animal in the world – the platypus, which can also be seen here.
In this gallery you’ll also discover images of the Australian dingo, Canus lupus, a native dog, and of the grey-headed flying fox, Pteropus poliocephalus, that’s commonly referred to as a fruit bat due to its appetite for fruit, including that of orchards.
You’ll also see photos of the iconic koala, Phascolarctos cinereus, dozing in the fork of a tree. Populations of koalas continue to decline as a result of the destruction of their natural habitat, but the brushtail possum, Trichosurus vulpecula, faces no threat of extinction. This is an animal that has adapted well to the changing world and that has become a prominent member of the urban wildlife community. A female possum is shown here with her joey as they feed on food scraps in an Australian backyard.
There are stunning images of the rarely seen greater glider, Petauroides volans, a vulnerable nocturnal species, and last, but certainly not of least importance, is the wombat, Vombatus ursinus, a nocturnal marsupial that’s the world’s largest burrowing animal. And although some of the images on this site show wombats in perfect health, others show animals that are almost hairless as a result of sarcoptic mange.