Mammals

About Mammals


Australia's unique mammal fauna is well represented in the Wet Tropics with approximately a third of the 315 species present. Together with species familiar in other regions such as the platypus and various kangaroos and wallabies, many species are endemic to the region and Cape York Peninsula. These include the stripped possum, Cape York melomys and spotted and grey cuscus. Thirteen species are endemic to the Wet Tropics including two tree kangaroos, green tail and Herbert River possums and the musky rat kangaroo.
Some Wet Tropics rainforest species have close relatives in PNG, a function of when the Torres Strait was dry during the last glaciation and species migrated across the two land masses. Many species are arboreal and nocturnal making them very challenging subjects to photograph with standard equipment.

The marine environment provides opportunities to observe and photograph migrating whales, dolphins and dugong.

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Agile Wallaby (Macropus agilis)



Agile Wallaby (Macropus agilis)



Red Legged Pademelon (Thylogale stigmatica)

Swamp Wallaby (Wallabia bicolor)
Eastern Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus)

Lumholtz's Tree Kangaroo
(Dendrolagus lumholtzi)

Lumholtz's Tree Kangaroo
(Dendrolagus lumholtzi)

Lumholtz's Tree Kangaroo
(Dendrolagus lumholtzi)
Female & advanced joey
Musky Rat-kangaroo
(Hypsiprymnodon moschatus)
Musky Rat-kangaroo
(Hypsiprymnodon moschatus)

Northern Brown Bandicoot
(Isodon macrourus)

Long Tailed Pygmy Possum
(Cercartetus caudatus)

Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

Platypus (ornithorhynchus anatinus)


Spectacled Flying-fox (Pteropus conspicillatus)

 
Spectacled Flying-Fox (Pteropus conspicillatus)

Spectacled Flying-Fox (Pteropus consicilltatus)

Little Red Flying-Fox
(Pteropus scapulatus)

Little Red Flying-Fox
(Pteropus scapulatus)


Humpbacked Whale and Calf (Megaptera novaeangliae)