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  • Species Feature: Whale Shark

    Posted by Australian Wildlife Journeys

    Growing to lengths of up to 12 metres, the Whale Shark is the world’s largest fish! Their mouths can grow to widths of 1.5 metres too! Harmless to humans, these gigantic fish eat plankton and small fish by drawing water through their gills.  In Autumn each year at the Ningaloo...

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  • Species Feature: Thorny Devil

    Posted by Australian Wildlife Journeys

    The Thorny Devil, also known as the Thorny Lizard or Mountain Devil, is an iconic resident of arid grasslands in Australia’s central and western deserts. The unmistakable large, robust spikes are a unique feature of this Australian lizard. It’s scientific name, Moloch horridus, was inspirited by the poem ‘Paradise Lost’,...

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  • Species Feature: Tasmanian Native Hen

    Posted by Australian Wildlife Journeys

    One of the most interesting birds to observe on Australia’s beautiful isle state, is the Tasmanian Native Hen (Tribonyx mortierii). This endemic species was made extinct by dingoes and increasing aridity on mainland Australia 4700 years ago. The species has several similarities to the Black-tailed Native Hen found on the...

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  • Species Feature: Short-beaked Echidna

    Posted by Australian Wildlife Journeys

    The Short-beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) is one of Earth’s oldest mammals, believed to have shared Earth with the dinosaurs, up to 110 Million years ago! The Short-beaked Echidna,  Long-beaked Echidna (Zaglossus) and Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), make up the only three monotremes. Monotremes are egg-laying mammals which, similar to birds and...

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  • Species Feature: Kangaroo Island Kangaroo

    Posted by Blair Wickham

    The Kangaroo Island Kangaroo (Macropus fuliginosus fuliginosus) is a sub-species of the Western Grey Kangaroo (Macropus fuliginosus). As a result of a prolonged period of isolation from mainland Australia, the Kangaroo Island Kangaroo is noticeably different from other Western Grey species. Due to the Kangaroo Island landscape, this species have...

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  • Species Feature: King Parrot

    Posted by Australian Wildlife Journeys

    Across the cooler coastal and mountain forests of eastern Australia, a highlight for many wildlife lovers is to see the magnificent scarlet underside and red head of the male King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis). This species resides all the way from Cooktown near the top of Queensland to Southwestern Victoria. Australian...

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  • Species Feature: Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby

    Posted by Australian Wildlife Journeys

    The Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby (Petrogale Xanthopus) is one of the most beautifully coloured and patterned species in the Macropod family. It’s known for its long orange-brown tail with dark rings, white-striped face and flanks and of course vivid yellow feet! As the name suggests, rock wallabies live across rocky outcrops...

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  • Species Feature: Southern Cassowary

    Posted by James Boettcher

    The purpose of the Southern Cassowary’s distinctive casque (helmet), which is unique to every individual, is unknown, but recent research suggests that it may help cassowaries to feel the low vibrating sound made by other cassowaries over long distances. This unusual sense, called infrasound, was used by some dinosaurs, and...

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