Victoria is fortunate to have a rich and diverse range of wildlife that can be found and enjoyed in a range of settings. Whether it’s penguins at Phillip Island, kangaroos in the Grampians, whales off the coast, wombats in the high country or possums and parrots in our backyards, opportunities for people to see and appreciate wildlife are first class.
There are over 800 types of native animals in Victoria, many of which are unique to our State. These include a number of internationally renowned species such as kangaroos, koalas, kookaburras, platypus, seals and penguins.
Learn about wildlifeLearning about wildlife is an important first step in the conservation of wildlife.
Being familiar with the habitats wildlife use, their patterns of activity, where they breed, shelter and feed will help you understand where you can become involved and what you can do for wildlife. Joining a field naturalist club or friends group is a great way to make new friends and meet other people interested in nature. Field naturalists clubs often take field trips to wetlands to learn about frogs or birding walks to learn about our unique bird life. There are also a number of other community groups (eg. LandCare) that help wildlife through on-ground works such as revegetation, pest plant and animal control or other wildlife related programs.
You can also learn about wildlife from books, the internet or by visiting your local zoo or wildlife park. Taking up a hobby that keeps you outdoors, like gardening, camping, hiking or hunting also increases your chances of seeing and learning about wild plants and animals. Getting outside and observing life around you is a great way to learn.
The following links provide more information on Victorian wildlife, as well as handy tips to help conserve and protect our unique animals: