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Australia's Wildlife: explore its diverse wonders


Wildlife of Australia 
What makes Australia so different? Introduction to the mammals, birds, reptiles and other native wildlife groups.

Wildlife of the Scenic Rim and surrounds   -  Ours is part of the region with the third highest diversity of species in Australia
whiptail wallaby

Araucaria Ecotours sightings  -  species we Araucaria Ecotourshave seen on  wildlife,  birding, island  and outback tours.

See below for more wildlife topics
All photos by Araucaria Ecotours. Free DHTML scripts for rotating pics provided by  Dynamic Drive

Wildlife consultancies  -  fauna surveys, customised interpretive computer programs etc. by the Araucaria team Wildlife conservation  -  wildlife conservation in Australia Sustainable wildlife tourism Araucaria's conservation projects Wildlife behaviour : introduction and links to interesting websites Wildlife Ecology: brief information and links to interesting websites Wildlife Art and Photography: links to interesting websites

Wildlife behaviour

rainbow lorikeetsWhy do animals do the things they do?

The answers usually involve staying alive (ecological needs) or contributing to the next generation (courtship, raising  young):

  • How does a particular animal find its food? Why does it need this kind of food?  How do young animals learn what to eat?
  • How does it avoid being eaten by others?
  • How does it behave towards other members of its species? Cooperation, avoidance, aggression, social grooming ...?
  • How does it behave towards other species?
  • How does it find a mate? How does it care for its young?
  • Does it see what we see?  Does it have senses we don't have?.
  • Play behaviour - does it play? How? Does it learn anything by playing?
Useful links to information on animal behaviour
Animal behaviour is one of the topics explored in the Scenic Rim Wildlife Ecology Centre

scarlet honeyeaterWildlife Ecology

Ecology is the scientific study of animals, plants, fungi etc. in its natural (e.g. rainforest) or modified (e.g. farmland with scattered trees) environment, and their interactions with each other.

If an animal is to survive it needs:
  • resources - food, water, shelter etc.
  • to avoid being eaten, or infected by too many parasites and disease organisms
  • to avoid extremes of heat, cold, and other climatic conditions
If the species is to persist in the region, at least some of the animals will need to:
  • live long enough to reach reproductive age
  • find a mate (although some insects can give birth without a mate)
  • find a suitable place to give birth or lay eggs
  • possibly (depending on the species) have enough resources to continue caring for the young until they can live independently
Interactions between animals/animals or animals/plants can include:
  • one feeds from the other:  predator/prey, herbivore/plant, scavenger/carcass or parasite/host
  • competition between two animals seeking the same food, nesting hollow or other resource
  • mutualism (mutually beneficial) - e.g. birds, fruitbats or insects drink nectar and pollinate the  flowers they visit, fruitbats, ants and many birds eat fruit and disperse seed through the forest or heathland
The above may sound simple, but different animals do things very differently, and the answers to questions may be quite complex.

Some useful links:

Ecological research is one of the topics explored in the Scenic Rim Wildlife Ecology Centre

filming_see_eagleWildlife Art and Photography

Some useful links:

Wildlife Art Society of Australasia Inc
Caldera Art (includes wildlife and natural landscapes, Qld/NSW border regions
Steve Parish publishing (Steve is probably Australia's best-known wildlife photographer)
Wildlife Photographers Australia