Australia has nearly half a million species of plants and animals-one of the greatest varieties of any country in the world.
Golden shouldered parrotHigh prices from overseas collectors encourage the smuggling of many unique and colourful Australian animals such as the goldenshouldered parrot.
KoalaThe koala is one of best known and most loved animals in Australia. Koalas live in lightly wooded areas containing suitable food.
TernsLittle terns nest in colonies along beaches where they are easily disturbed by people, off-road vehicles and dogs. Wildlife agencies and volunteers fence off the nest sites and patrol the beaches to help protect this small seabird.