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A fantastic summer opportunity at Freycinet

12/09/2014

The Parks and Wildlife Service and Wildcare Friends of Freycinet are keen to hear from people that love the outdoors, enjoy meeting with fellow campers and are independent workers, for summer programs in Freycinet National Park.More

Copper Cove boardwalk ready for summer walkers

08/09/2014

A boardwalk along the scenic Coastal Track from Bakers Beach to Badger Beach at Narawntapu National Park has been completed just in time to welcome the influx of walkers visiting in spring and summer.More

Funding for walking tracks

22/08/2014

The Tasmanian Government has committed funding totalling $6 million for the South Coast Track and the final stage of the Three Capes Track.More

Mammals of Tasmania

The tiny newborn of the Tasmanian devil

The tiny new-born young of a typical
marsupial - in this case a Tasmanian devil

Tasmania has many unique mammals found nowhere else in the world. Some, like the Tasmanian devil and Tasmanian tiger are well-known. Others, such as the eastern quoll, pademelon and bettong are less well-known, but equally fascinating.

Like most of Australia's mammals, the Tasmanian mammal fauna comprises many marsupials, or pouched mammals. Marsupials are remarkable for their method of reproduction, such as the production of very tiny young which complete their development in a pouch.

Tasmania has many species which have become, or are on the verge of extinction on mainland Australia. The lack of introduced predators and the relatively large amount of intact habitat on the island, make Tasmania a final refuge - a last chance - for many species. However, the potential establishment of European foxes in Tasmania has raised grave concerns about the continued existence of these species.

There are 33 native terrestrial and 41 marine mammals which are known to occur in Tasmania. Choose the species or mammal family you wish to see from the full species list below:


ORDER MONOTREMATA (Echidnas and Platypus)

Family Ornithorhychidae (Platypus)

Platypus Ornithorhynchus anatinus

Family Tachyglossidae (Echidnas)

Short-beaked echidna Tachyglossus aculeatus


ORDER POLYPROTODONTA (Carnivorous Marsupials and Bandicoots)

Family Dasyuridae (Carnivorous Marsupials)

Family Dasyuridae (Carnivorous Marsupials)

Family Thylacinidae (Thylacine)

Thylacine (Tasmanian tiger) Thylacinus cynocephalus

Family Peramelidae (Bandicoots)

Family Peramelidae (Bandicoots)


ORDER DIPROTODONTA (Possums, Kangaroos and Wombats)

Superfamily Macropodoidea (Macropods)

Superfamily Macropodoidea (Macropods)

Family Petauridae

Possums

Family Phalangeridae

Possums

Family Burramyidae

Possums

Family Vombatidae (Wombats)


ORDER CHIROPTERA (Bats)

ORDER CHIROPTERA (Bats)

Family Vespertilionidae


ORDER RODENTIA (Rats and Mice)

ORDER RODENTIA (Rats and mice)

Family Muridae


ORDER PINNIPEDIA (Seals)

ORDER PINNIPEDIA (Seals)

Family Otariidae (Eared Seals)

Family Phocidae (True Seals)


ORDER CETACEA (Whales and Dolphins)

ORDER CETACEA (Whales and dolphins)

Family Delphinidae (Dolphins)

  • Longfin pilot whale Globicephala melaena
  • Killer whale Orcinus orca
  • False killer whale Pseudorca crassidens
  • Common dolphin Delphinus delphis
  • Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus

Family Physeteridae (Sperm Whales)

Sperm whale Physeter catodon

Family Balaenidae (Right Whales)

  • Southern right whale Eubalena australis
  • Pygmy right whale Caperea marginata
  • Humpback Megaptera novaeangliae