Native animals

Kangaroo Island is a unique region and is home to a diverse range of native animal species. Many of these animals are now threatened, so it is important that we conserve their habitats and manage the threats that impact on them.

Natural Resources Kangaroo Island have implemented a number of projects and work together with volunteer groups to maintain, restore and recover the native animal populations on the island.

  • Public lands protected areas, such as national parks, conservation parks and wilderness protection areas provide habitat for native animals.
  • Privately owned scrub blocks complement conservation areas in providing habitat for native animals, and can be formally protected though a heritage agreement.
  • Clearance of native vegetation is regulated under the Native Vegetation Act.
  • Land, water and marine management projects are run in the region.
  • A number of species monitoring programs are run in the region.
  • Visitor facilities in protected areas are carefully planned to manage the impact on threatened species and their feeding and breeding grounds.
  • Limiting the spread of Phytophthora on the island, through education and good hygiene practices, helps to protect native animal habitat.

Protecting threatened Kangaroo Island wildlife

Australian sea lion

Name: Australian sea lion
Scientific name: Neophoca cinerea
Regional status: Vulnerable
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Glossy black-cockatoo (Kangaroo Island subspecies)

Name: Glossy black-cockatoo (Kangaroo Island subspecies)
Scientific name: Calyptorhynchus lathami halmaturinus
Regional status: Endangered
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Hooded plover

Name: Hooded plover
Scientific name: Thinornis rubricollis
Regional status: Vulnerable
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Little penguin

Name: Little penguin
Scientific name: Eudyptula minor
Regional status: Not listed
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Long-nosed fur seal

Name: Long-nosed fur seal
Scientific name: Arctocephalus forsteri
Regional status: Not listed
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Osprey

Name: Osprey
Scientific name: Pandion haliaetus
Regional status: Endangered
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Rosenberg's goanna

Name: Rosenberg's goanna
Scientific name: Varanus rosenbergi
Regional status: Rare
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Short-beaked echidna

Name: Short-beaked echidna
Scientific name: Tachyglossus aculeatus
Regional status: Endangered
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Southern brown bandicoot

Name: Southern brown bandicoot
Scientific name: Isoodon obesulus obesulus
Regional status: Endangered
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