The bushland, parks and waters of Melbourne support a diversity of animals. You can spot many native Australian animals in your own backyard, or even from a balcony.

You can provide food, shelter and a place to nest for native animals by introducing native plant species to your garden. Or join a community group to help restore and revegetate your local ecosystem.

Take a photo of an animal or plant and share your findings with other wildlife lovers using iNaturalist. Your sightings then becomes important data for scientists and conservation managers on the Atlas of Living Australia.

The species listed below are just a small selection of the hundreds of insects, lizards, birds and mammals that live in Melbourne.

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