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    Posted by TripTide HQ January 17, 2013 - 5,369 views - 0 comments - 0 likes - #australia    #Wildlife 

    Unique Australian Wildlife

    Fairy Penguin

    The scientific name of Fairy Penguin or Little Penguin is Eudyptula Minor which loosely translates as good little diver.  Good little divers indeed as they are great swimmers and catch their food with plenty of shallow dives with an occasional deeper search of the seabed.
    Known as the world’s smallest species of penguin they grow to an average height of just 40cm and weigh around just one kilo.
    With a cute appearance and unusual habitat, the Fairy Penguins are a top tourist attraction in South Australia with tours running frequently from Melbourne to one of the largest penguin colonies in the world on Phillip Island.  A trip to see the Little Penguin Parade is something the whole family will enjoy.

    Bilby (Australia’s own Easter Bunny)

    A Bilby is a type of Bandicoot living in either Eastern or Western Australia, sometimes referred to as a rabbit eared bandicoot due to their oversized rabbit like ears.
    A nocturnal marsupial that likes the desert preferably with an acacia shrub or two, Bilbys are mostly solitary animals that create deep and winding burrows to keep predators and onlookers at bay.
    Due to several unfortunate reasons Bilbys are now close to extinction and a protected animal in Australia.  These days you will be lucky to spot one in patches of the Kimberly Region of Western Australia, South Australia, Alice Springs in the north and some dry areas of Queensland.
    See protected Bilbys in the nocturnal house at Perth Zoo and learn about local efforts to save these fascinating creatures.

    Thorny Devil
    The Thorny Devil is an unusual looking lizard living in the dry inland regions of the Australian Outback.  With an unfortunate name and threatening appearance they are actually one of Australia’s least aggressive reptiles.
    Growing to just 20 cm in size these little devils are hard to find with their activity depending on the heat.  Look closely when travelling the roads in the early morning as that large twig you just passed may have been a sun bathing Thorny Devil!
    Believed to live for up to 20 years, they are well equipped for life in the harsh desert of the Outback with water collecting channels conveniently sitting between their spikes.
    Let us know if you spot one on your travels, and remember – don’t judge a lizard by his spikes!

    Tree Kangaroo
    That’s right we did say Tree Kangaroo, when you’re next in Queensland take a look up in the trees to spot this intriguing close cousin of the common Kangaroo.
    Another nocturnal Australian inhabitant, Tree Kangaroos have strong fore-limbs for climbing, rounded ears, a dark fur face and a long tail for good balance.
    Although there are 14 different types of Tree Kangaroo, a devastating loss of habitat has left many species close to extinction.
    WWF considers Tree Kangaroos a priority species which means they are one of the most ecologically, economically and/or culturally important species on our planet.



    Southern Right Whale
    Migrating to the southern coasts of Australia each winter, Southern Right Whales are slow swimmers and grow to an average of 15 meters.  Easily distinguishable from other whales by the white callosities on their heads, a broad back and lack of dorsal fin.
    Named by whalers as the ‘right’ whale to kill on a hunt, this has left a devastating effect on the species resulting in only a few hundred left to visit the Australian coast each year, they are now classed as an endangered species.
    Warrnambool (a regional city on the south west coast of Victoria) is an ideal hub for whale enthusiasts, with a famous viewing platform located at Logan’s Beach.



    Images: B - OddAnimals, TD - WildFacts, TK - WWF, SRW - Australian Animal Learning Zone