Australia’s Rare And Beautiful Animal Species

It would be an understatement to say that recent fires in Australia have wreaked havoc and devastation on the region. Many people have been evacuated from their homes and, currently, over 20 people have perished in the blaze. But this natural disaster have taken the biggest toll on the country’s wildlife; over 480 million animals have been killed so far. Fortunately, firefighters, citizens, and foreign volunteers are coming together to fight the fires. Here is a look at some of the amazing local animal species that they are trying to protect.

 

Kangaroos

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Part of the marsupial family, kangaroos are Australia’s unofficial national animal, and are endemic to the region.

 

Koalas

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This herbivorous tree mammal can be mostly found along the country’s coast. Although they are a well-known symbol of Australia, koalas are unfortunately a vulnerable species due to habitat destruction and hunting.

 

Wombats

These cute creatures hail from mountainous areas. They are a protected species in Australia, and can spotted in national parks.

 

Platypus

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A semi aquatic egg-laying mammal, these creatures live partly on land and partly in the sea. They are a combination of duck, beaver, and otter, and are one of the most venomous mammals on the planet.