ANIMALS AND PLANTS

of Western Australia

 

Western grey kangaroo with joey

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAUNA

 

There are 25 species of tree frogs, 51 species of ground dwelling frogs, 510 species of birds, 1500 species of fish, 141 species of native mammals 16 species of dolphins, 19 species of whales and 439 species of reptiles that have been identified so far in W.A.

 

These are 'known' species, there are certainly more yet to be discovered. We have lost around 54 known species of animals since European colonisation Australia wide and it is estimated that half of all desert species are now endangered. Not all native animals have declined since European settlement. The red kangaroo population is currently estimated at around 10 million, but the loss of so many types of animal across the country is something we will never be able to repair.

 

Two relatively recent finds (at Two Peoples Bay near Albany) of the noisy scrub bird and Gilbert's Poteroo; both of which were thought to be extinct; does give a little hope that some species can be brought back from the brink. (There are believed to be only 40 Gilbert's Poteroo left in Australia and as such it is currently our most endangered animal species.)

 

Animal

Best time to see

Coral Spawning

March-April

Whale Sharks

March-July

Whales

March-April

Turtle Nesting

February-March

Manta Rays

Year round

Dugongs

Year round

Dolphins

Year round

Sea Lions

Year round

Birds

Year round

 

Related Pages

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Perth Zoo | Armadale Reptile Centre | Caversham Wildlife Park

Subject Pages

AQWA | Armadale Reptile Centre | Blue Ring Octopus | Crocodiles | Dangerous Creatures | Dingo | Emu | Fishing | Kangaroo | Kookaburra | Marron | Marsupials | Mysteries and Mythical Creatures | Whales | Whale sharks | World's Oldest Life Forms

To request help for sick and injured wildlife you can call Wildcare on 08 9474 9055

 

Kangaroo Paw

 

FLORA

 

There are approximately 8000 species of wildflowers. At 17% W.A. has the largest number of species of flowering plants in the world that are pollinated by birds (as opposed to insects).

 

The reason for the great abundance of flowering plants in Western Australia is firstly the poor soils - which sounds odd at first, but it encourages changes and experiments in evolution, and secondly, that much of the land has not been covered by either sea or ice since flowering plants first developed some 100 million years ago. Compare this to Northern Europe where plants had to re-colonise after the last major ice age 10,000 years ago.

 

1033 species of naturalised exotic plants (plants from overseas that now reproduce here without the help of humans) have been identified. Exotic species that 'go wild' are considered to be weeds.

 

SCIENTIFIC CLASSIFICATION ORDER
(Lowest to highest)

 

Species - Genus - Family - Order - Subclass - Class - Subphylum - Phylum - Kingdom

 

Wildflower Galleries

 

Wildflowers with ID | Wildflowers with no ID | Weeds

 

 

 

I'm lost please take me home...

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