Australia is very well known for its unique wildlife including kangaroos, koalas, emus, wombats and platypus.
Kangaroo Island is one of the premier destinations in Australia for wildlife viewing as the island is free from predatory animals. Other sensational wildlife regions in Australia include the Top End, where you can find crocodiles, water buffalo, wallabies and amazing birdlife.
Crocodiles are among the more biologically complex reptiles despite their prehistoric look.
The echidnas are named after a monster in ancient Greek mythology and are also known as "spiny anteaters."
The kangaroo is an Australian icon: it is featured on the Australian coat of arms, on some of its currency, and is used by many Australian organisations, including Qantas.
The Koala is one of the few mammals (other than primates) that has fingerprints. Similar to human fingerprints; even with an electron microscope, it can be quite difficult to distinguish between the two.
The Platypus is a semi-aquatic mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania. A recognizable and iconic symbol of Australia; it has appeared as a mascot at national events and is featured on the reverse of the Australian 20 cent coin.
Like many other marsupials, young wallabies are known as "joeys". Wallabies are widely distributed across Australia, particularly in more remote, heavily timbered, or rugged areas, less so on the great semi-arid plains that are better suited to the larger, leaner, and more fleet-footed kangaroos.
The water buffalo was intorudced to Australia in the eraly 19th Century. As a feral animal in the country and cen be found in Arnhem land and the Top End. Living primarily in freshwater billabongs and marshes, the adult water buffalo can range in size from 300-600kg.
The name wombat comes from the Eora Aboriginal community who were the original human inhabitants of the Sydney area. Wombats are Australian marsupials; short-legged, muscular quadrupeds with a very short tail. T