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Australian Wildlife - Australia's Top 5 Cutest Animals


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Can’t wait to check out the legion of amazing native animals on your trip Down Under? We’re so proud of our unique animal friends that we just had to put together the Top Five Cutest Aussie Animals - which do you, love the most?

5. Echidna

Echidna

You’ll have to be quick with the camera - echidnas don’t stop to say ‘cheese’! With powerful digging claws, they’ll be underground within just a few moments.

Echidnas are monotremes, or egg-laying mammals. So, just as you thought they couldn’t get much stranger with their ant-eating snout, bristling spikes and spurs, (presumably there to prevent well-meaning tourists from giving them an unwanted cuddle) our super-cute Echidna are certainly in the Top 5!


4. Wombat

Wombat

It must take a heart of stone not to melt at the sight of the waddling amble of our sturdy Australian pal, the Wombat.

Wombats are herbivorous marsupials, digging out complicated burrow systems in heavily vegetated areas. You’re unlikely to see one in the wild, but if you’re still keen make acquaintance, many Australian Wildlife Parks have a resident wombat you can admire.


3. Frill Neck Lizard

Frill Neck Lizard

Cute to some and an awful lot like that acid-spitting dinosaur in Jurassic park to others, we just had to mention Chlamydosauraus Kingii - Australia’s beloved Frill Neck lizard.

When territorial or feeling the need to mate, they fire up that visually alarming ruff of skin around their necks, and sometimes charge their target. So look out! If you encounter our Frill-Necked mascot, know he dines on insects, but be sure to admire from a distance!


2. Sugar Glider

Sugar Glider

Can we get a collective ‘Awwwww’? Sugar Gliders are social, pint-sized, insect lovin’ marsupials, with one super cool talent: They can fly! (Well, not really but the gliding tactic is a pretty cool way to avoid conflict with a would-be predator.)

Unfortunately, sugar gliders are highly prized by poachers but we think these guys are just gorgeous when left in the wild where they belong, don’t you think?


1. Koala

Koala

Taking out first place by a mile is Australia’s most celebrated gum-leaf loving tree-hugger. We’re not sure whether it’s that coal black button nose or the fact that this guy seems to be in cuddle–mode forever- we just know that visitors to Australia will do anything to get a closer look!

Australia’s very own living soft toy is not so well known for it’s aggressive and territorial habits, so be warned! Wild koalas do not like to be touched, and their strong gripping claws can cause serious damage to those offering unwanted attention!

If you’re all set for your Australian wildlife adventure, you’re about to have the experience of a lifetime. Remember that many Australian wild animals are endangered and can be harmed or stressed by interaction with humans. If you cross paths with one, just take a quick snap and absorb the experience of being in their company while you can - you may have just encountered an animal most Australians have never seen in the wild!

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