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Australia is the land of the pouched mammals (marsupials). The best known Australian animal is obviously the kangaroo. In contrast with koalas there are lots of kangaroos in Australia and it's quite easy to see them in the wild. But don't forget kangaroos are most active after dusk, and they're usually sleeping during the day. If wild kangaroo's see people they'll usually run away....be very careful driving a car at sunset, Kangaroos make a terrible mess if they hit your car (which happens quite a lot !!).

It's much easier to approach an animal used to seeing people, for example on the golf course at Angelsea.



Rock wallaby - mini kangaroo
Rock wallaby - mini kangaroo
Red Kangaroos can hop as fast as 70 km/h over short distances, but they usually comfortably travel at 20km/h.
More photos and full story about kangaroos

Big red kangaroo
Big red kangaroo
Making friends with little wallaby
Making friends with little wallaby

The Koala is another recognised symbol of Australia. It's difficult to take koala pictures because they sleep 20 hours a day. (and they are permanently sleepy because of the chemicals in the Gum leaves).
More koala photos

Koala is sleeping...
Koala is sleeping...
...eating...
...eating...
...err... what else?
...err... what else?
No story about Australian animals will be complete without crocodiles.
Read the full story about crocodiles



Australia is also a country of possums and wombats. Possum is cute animal of cat size, it lives on the trees.
More photos of possums
Possum with delicious apple
Possum with delicious apple
Possum
Wombat looks a like a little pig. Wombats eat roots, shoots and leaves.
Similar to koalas, wombats have an extraordinarily slow metabolism, which makes them generally a flegmatic and a slow moving animal. When required, however, they can reach up to 40 km/h.
Full story about wombat
Wombat
Wombat
Wombat
Wombat
Wombat
It is quite common to see an emu's in Australia.They are the second largest flightless bird in the world (just smaller than the Ostrich) but the emu is unchallenged as the stupidest of all creatures. In the tropics you can meet emus cousin cassowary.
More photos of emu and cassowary
Emu
Emu

Emu
Emu
Cassowary
Cassowary
Tasmanian devil is unique animal found only in the Australian island of Tasmania. It is a muscular predator the size of a small dog with black fur and large jaw. Devils are famous for appetite, they eat everything that moves: all native and domestic animals including sheep, birds, fish, insects, frogs and reptiles. Devils literally eat everything: not just flesh meat and guts, but also bones and fur.
Full story and more photos of Tasmanian Devil...
Tasmanian Devil
Tasmanian Devil
Tasmanian Devil
Tasmanian Devil

Dingo is an Australian wild dog. Dingo have some features of a wolf as well as domestic dog. Dingos regarded as a dangerous animal, there were some cases of dingos attacking people, particularly children.
Full story about dingo
Dingo
Dingo
Dingo warning sign
Dingo warning sign

Check out unique Seal beach on Kangaroo Island in South Australia. Have a look on other animals we meet in South Australia - lizards, kangaroos, parrots
Baby seal
Baby seal
Youngsters making Trouble
Youngsters making Trouble
Lizard
Lizard
Parrots in a tree
Parrots in a tree

Cuttlefish - quite intelligent apparently?
Cuttlefish - quite intelligent apparently?
Shark in Melbourne aquarium
Shark in Melbourne aquarium
Pelicans are beautiful birds. Have a look on some more pelican pictures.
Have a look on beautiful butterflys and birds in tropical Queensland.

Pelican



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Posting 1106 by Ursula
Poland

Monday December 05th, 2005 11:01 PM

Great photos!


Hi Mates!
You've done a really good job! I like the pictures a lot, I guess I can use some of them at school, tomorrow I'm gonna show them to my kids! G'Nite :)

Posting 236 by Angela
Melbourne, Australia

Tuesday November 02nd, 2004 03:00 AM

Jessica


Hi, My daughter, Jessica, has a love of animals for the past several years. She brings home injured animals and cares for them til they are better and lets them free. I suggesed to her working weekends, helping at Healsville Sanctury or a similar place on weekends and she jumped at the idea. She is keen, which brings me to ask you if there is any chance of allowing her to help out on the weekends? She is 12 years of age and something like this would be good for her. If this isn't possible, would you have any suggestions as to where she can start her career for the love of animals? Please let me know, Sincerely, Angela 87949346
Posting 233 by Elizabeth Moss
Fayettville,United States

Tuesday November 02nd, 2004 05:01 AM

Australia rocks


G'Day Mates
I think all the pictures are good.One day I will go to Australia for the summer or something so I can see the Kangaroos and other animals.
Hope to see you Down Under.

Posting 166 by Marita
Norway

Tuesday November 02nd, 2004 05:01 AM

:)


very good animal explanations:)
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