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Jurien Bay sea lions. Photo © Kevin Crane

The table below lists some of the native animals that occur in Western Australia, with information about these animals and the ways the department is helping to protect them again introduced predators and other threats.

Many of these species are threatened and links to the relevant recovery plans are provided where applicable. Please note that the conservation status referred to in the species information sheets may have changed as the species recover from their threatened status as a result of Western Shield and similar conservation programs.

Further species profiles are available for marine wildlife and nuisance fauna.

Wildcare Helpline

The Wildcare Helpline is a telephone referral service.

The Helpline provides a service for members of the public who find sick, injured or orphaned native wildlife and are seeking advice on how to find care for the animal. View the Wildcare Helpline page for more information.

If you've found injured wildlife please call the Wildcare Helpline on (08) 9474 9055.

Western Australia's animals

Northern quoll. Photo © Babs & Bert Wells/Parks and Wildlife

Western Australia has more than its fair share of unusual native animals, some of which are threatened.

These profiles provide information about some of these animals and ways the department is helping to protect them against feral predators and other threats.

These profiles might also help people identify species in places that were previously unknown. You can help us with this—send in a photo and a standard report form if you see any of these animals.

Note that the conservation status may have changed as species recover from their threatened status as a result of Western Shield and similar programs.



Gould's goanna - Photo © B & B Wells/Parks and Wildlife


This information is provided through a collaboration between the department and Edith Cowan University's Centre for Ecosystem Management. Some maps reprinted with acknowledgement: N.L. McKenzie, A.A. Burbidge, A. Baynes and others. Clarification of text made with the assistance of A.A. Burbidge, P. Mawson, K.D. Morris, and P. Orel



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