Native wildlife of the Australian Capital Territory

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) may be small, but it is home to a diverse range of native wildlife. Located in south-eastern Australia and containing the capital city of Canberra, the ACT’s diverse and abundant wildlife never ceases to amaze me.

One of the most fascinating aspects of the Australian Capital Territory’s fauna is that it includes representatives from most major animal groups, including kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, platypus, echidna, emu, kookaburras and dragon lizards. This makes ACT an ideal pocket-sized destination for any wildlife enthusiast looking to explore the fascinating creatures of Australia’s outback. Whether it be watching a kangaroo hop across the grasslands or hearing the morning call of a kookaburra in their natural habitat, ACT provides many unique opportunities to observe Australian wildlife up close.

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One of the most well-known animals found in the ACT is the koala. These marsupials can often be found snoozing in the branches of eucalyptus trees, which are prevalent in the region. You might also spot wallabies and kangaroos, which are common in many parts of Australia, including the ACT.

But the ACT isn’t just home to marsupials. The region is also home to a wide variety of birds, including galahs, cockatoos, and lorikeets, which are known for their brightly colored feathers. You might also see a variety of waterbirds in the ACT’s wetlands, including ducks, swans, and herons.

If you’re a fan of reptiles, the ACT won’t disappoint. The region is home to a number of species, including snakes, lizards, and turtles, which can be found in a variety of habitats. And if you’re lucky, you might even spot one of the many species of amphibians that call the ACT home.

So if you’re planning a trip to the Australian Capital Territory, be sure to keep an eye out for the region’s native wildlife. From koalas and kangaroos to colorful parrots and reptiles, the ACT is a place where you can experience the wonders of Australia’s native animals firsthand.