Endangered Australian animals

Endangered Australian animals

Learn about some of our most remarkable, yet threatened species

Australia is a mega-biodiverse country, home to some of the world's most unique animals. Here, some of our national animal icons; find out where you can see them, the threats they face and how you can help.

Australia ranks number one in the world for mammal extinctions. The country ranks second behind Indonesia for biodiversity loss and is a global deforestation hotspot. Find out more about the Wilderness Society's work to address the biodiversity and extinction crisis.

Bramble Cay Melomys Day

Bramble Cay Melomys Day

18 February is Bramble Cay Melomys Remembrance Day. But it wasn't just climate change that drove 'our little brown rat' to oblivion—it was the inaction of our government to fund the recovery plan that should have saved it. Now, we look at what needs to change.

Swift Parrot

Swift Parrot

Spending summers in the forests of lutruwita / Tasmania, the critically endangered swift parrot flies north, crossing the Bass Strait to spend winters in warmer regions in NSW and Victoria.

The southern right whale

The southern right whale

We take a close look at this remarkable animal, a frequent visitor to the Great Australian Bight.

National icon: the platypus

National icon: the platypus

A guide to one of our most treasured species, the platypus, a zoological oddity.

10 endangered Australian animals in need of urgent help

10 endangered Australian animals in need of urgent help

Here are 10 animals that were hit particularly badly after the 2019-2020 bushfires.

National icon: the Tasmanian Devil

National icon: the Tasmanian Devil

Where you can visit to see this famous Tasmanian critter.

Aussie animals facing extinction: Leadbeater’s Possum

Aussie animals facing extinction: Leadbeater’s Possum

Leadbeater's Possums are so small they can fit in the palm of your hand. Because of their size and the way they flit from tree to tree, they’re also called Fairy Possums

Aussie animals facing extinction: Greater Glider

Aussie animals facing extinction: Greater Glider

Greater gliders were once abundant along the east coast, but populations have crashed by 80% in the last 20 years.

National icon: the koala

National icon: the koala

Learn about this most iconic of Australian animals and how you can help them.