quolls, frogmouths, jabirus & koalas
Perhaps Australia's most iconic animal, The koala is found in eastern and southern coastal regions. Often mistakenly called a bear, this marsupial has several subspecies, of which those found in Tropical Queensland are the smallest. The koala's diet consists almost entirely of eucalypt leaves, and due to its slow metabolism, it rests and sleeps for up to 20 hours a day, eating for most of its active time.
Also known as the spotted quoll or the tiger quoll, it is Australia's second largest carnivorous marsupial after its relative, the Tasmanian Devil. It feeds on a large range of prey including insects, birds, rats and mice. It is a good climber but spends most of its time on the forest floor.
This large, flightless bird is native to the rainforests of Tropical North Queensland, and classed as endangered. Cassowaries eat fruit whole, and then disperse the seeds of these fruits. As such they are a “keystone species” – the loss of the Cassowary may eventually lead to the loss of these plant species. The Cassowary is unique in its appearance, with a hard and stiff plumage, a brown casque, blue face and neck, red nape and two red wattles hanging down its throat. Its three-toed feet are thick and powerful, equipped with a lethal dagger-like claw up to 12cm long on the inner toe.
The Papuan Frogmouths are restricted to Australia and New Guinea. They are not strong flyers and mainly rest horizontally on branches during the day, camouflaged by their cryptic plumage. Named for their large flattened hooked bills and huge frog-like gape, which they use to take insects, these large frogmouths are also known to take larger prey such as frogs and mice, which they beaten against a stone or rock before swallowing.
he black-necked stork (or Jabiru) is found along the north and east coast of Australia, inhabiting freshwater marshes and wetlands. The Wildlife Habitat is the only Wildlife park in the world to have success with breeding black-necked storks in captivity, resulting in a number of offspring successfully reaching adulthood and being sent to zoos around Australia.