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Cute, fury, venomous, dangerous, threatened, freshwater and marine - the Northern Beaches is home to a large variety of native species. Find out what lives where, how to protect them, what to do if you find an injured animal and how to encourage wildlife visitors into your garden.

Injured and orphaned animals

If you find an injured or orphaned native animal, call WIRES or Sydney Wildlife. Many vets will tend to injured wildlife at their cost as part of their mission.

If safe to do so, wrap the animal in a towel or blanket and keep it in a box in a warm, quiet room. Once settled, avoid handling it. Do not give it food or water if it appears to be in shock and keep children and pets away.

Threatened animals

Australia is home to many species unique to this country but many of our animals are endangered.

Common and locally significant animals

The Northern Beaches is home to over 400 species of native animals and they are all protected. It’s against the law to harm them.

Aquatic animals

The Northern Beaches is home to beautiful aquatic creatures. In most instances, you’ll be able to see them in their natural environment.

Dangerous animals

There are native animals living on the Northern Beaches that are dangerous and may cause you serious harm if encountered and disturbed.

Photo by Nicole Wedlock

Possum removal

Follow these steps and guidelines to carefully remove possums from roof cavities if you need to and share our urban environment.