Mostly native species comprise Australia's wildlife but some introduced species may have been in Australia for such long periods they are thought to be Australian.
My Favorite or Most Hated Australian Wildlife
Our readers' choices of favorite or most hated Australian wildlife.
Deadly Irukandji Jellyfish
In early 2002, two tourists visiting Queensland died as a result of being stung by the Irukandji jellyfish, a tiny, virtually transparent killer. Knowing where and when this danger exists means safety precautions can thus be taken.
The frilled-neck lizard, Chlamydosaurus kingii, is found in the northern regions of Australia and is Australia's reptile emblem.
Have a Close Encounter of the Cetacean Kind
Frolic with the friendly bottlenose dolphins of Monkey Mia in Western Australia.
Migaloo the All-White Humpback Whale
Migaloo is said to be the only known occurrence of an all-white humpback whale, and has been compared to the fictional Moby Dick.
See the Penguin Parade
Experience Phillip Island at dusk when the fairy penguins come marching home
Sydney Wildlife World Photo Gallery
A series of pictures from Sydney Wildlife World, now Wild Life Sydney, at Darling Harbour.
The Tasmanian devil is the world's largest surviving carnivorous marsupial but it may be heading towards extinction.
Watch Out for the Aussie Nasties
While Australia is one of the safest places to visit, there may be dangers just around the corner. Here are some nasties to avoid: crocs, sharks, spiders, jellyfish...
When the Whales Visit Australia
They come from the Antarctic in the whale migration season and head for the warmer waters of Australia, frolicking in the seas, bays and inlets, and maybe making love.
Where to Find Sydney Wildlife
You won't find Sydney wildlife hopping around on Sydney streets. Here's where to find them.
Where to Swim with the Largest Sharks
At Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia, you can explore the underwater world of colorful reefs and a variety of fish and aquatic mammals. And yes, this is the place to scuba dive and swim with the world's largest fish, the whale shark.
Why Whales Travel North to Australia
Whales from the Antarctic travel north to warmer Australian waters where they breed before returning south again.