Local wildlife

Local wildlife

Native species are City dwellers too

We're lucky to live in this amazing city. But it's not just us who call it home. In fact, sometimes we have to look very low (or very high) to see who our neighbours really are.

A tiny reptile in between a handler's thumb and index finger.

Did you know that 4 threatened species live and forage within our city? Those species are:

  • green and golden bell frog
  • powerful owl
  • eastern bent-wing bat
  • grey-headed flying fox.

Protecting these species

We're focused on protecting these species and we've included them as priority fauna species in our urban ecology strategic action plan. Please note: This plan is a supporting document to our Environmental Action 2016–2021 strategy and action plan, which is the City's most up-to-date set of environmental targets and actions.

Also on our priority radar are the long-nosed bandicoot, small birds, freshwater wetland birds and reptiles.

Our parks, gardens and wetlands throughout provide homes for many other species.

The eastern blue-tongue lizard, superb fairy-wren, black-winged stilt, eastern water dragon, dwarf eastern tree frog, silvereye, and tawny frogmouth live among us in these habitats. So we need to look after their environments so they can thrive in the City.

Want to learn more?

What you can do: How to help protect our local wildlifeLocal wildlife watch: Report sightings of uncommon animalsSick and injured wildlife: How to get help

Looking after every person and creature

We'll know we're doing a good job of creating a sustainable city that supports biodiversity if we are looking after the native animals in our local area.

The City's urban ecology strategic action plan is creating diverse and resilient ecosystems resulting in livable habitats for all our inhabitants. If we don't take action, many species that choose to make the city their home could be lost forever. We can stop that happening through thoughtful planning.

No to native animals as pets

We know we have amazing wildlife literally on our doorstep, but please don't think about keeping any as pets. The City does not endorse keeping snakes or other native Australian wildlife as pets.

As the RSPCA states, such animals are "adapted to the wild, rarely enjoy human company or handling and are predominantly nocturnal in their habits".

Let's leave them in their own homes, not ours.

Last updated: Friday, 27 March 2020