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In photos: Australian wildlife species that call the Unburnt Six home

14 Apr 2021


  • biodiversity
  • environmental laws
  • forests
  • koalas
  • threatened species
  • tree-clearing
  • EDO

Inside Australia’s diversity-rich forest landscapes, you can find some of the world’s most spectacular wildlife species. Just close your eyes and catch the beautiful song of a lyrebird, the splash of a platypus in a nearby stream or the rustle of leaves by a spotted-tailed quoll.


Sadly, many of these species are at immediate risk of losing their forest homes. The sounds of Australia’s natural landscapes are being replaced by the mechanical buzz and whir of bulldozers due to Australia’s weak environmental laws.


This threat is incomprehensible, considering the massive loss of our forests and wildlife during the catastrophic bushfires of 2019-20 that saw up to 12.6 million hectares of bushland scorched and nearly 3 billion native animals impacted.


WWF-Australia is working with Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) to defend the Unburnt Six - remaining pockets of unburnt forest habitat in six priority landscapes along our country’s east coast. We’re advocating for stronger environmental laws to protect the animals that seek refuge in these areas.


You can help us Defend the Unburnt Six before it’s too late.




Here are the wildlife species that call the Unburnt Six home.


Lyrebird on forest floor © Nicolas Faramaz -

In the border ranges of Queensland and New South Wales, you can find one of the world’s largest songbirds - the lyrebird. These majestic birds are renowned for their excellent mimicry and are known to imitate sounds like car alarms, camera shutters, workmen and sadly, chainsaws.


Australian platypus in river © Lukas -

Nymboida is home to one of Australia’s most iconic animals - the platypus! This interesting duck-billed, otter-bodied and beaver-tailed species loves to frolic in streams and rivers in our Aussie woodlands.


Koala mother and her koala joey in a tree © Dominik Rueß -

The face of the north coast unburnt forests is the koala! These marsupials are notoriously fussy eaters and survive on a diet of eucalyptus leaves, so protecting their eucalypt forest habitats is vital for the future of Australia's iconic koala.


Grey-headed flying fox hanging in a tree © Michal -

In Yengo-Wollemi, you can find these nocturnal megabats hard at work pollinating our native trees and shrubs. Flying foxes are incredibly important for the health of our forest ecosystems, and without them we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the many benefits that our forests provide, including timber, paper, coffee and tropical fruits.


Spotted-tailed quoll also known as a tiger quoll on a log © Craig -

Spotted on the south coast! The spotted-tailed quoll (also known as the tiger quoll) is the largest remaining carnivorous marsupial on mainland Australia. These nocturnal and solitary mammals can travel big distances across their forest habitat in a single night.


Greater glider in a patch of old growth forest in Munruben, Logan City, south of Brisbane © Josh Bowell

If you look up high in the trees of the Gippsland Eden region, you might be lucky to spot a greater glider! They have distinctively large ears and a tail longer than their body which is used as a rudder when they’re gliding through the air from tree to tree.

These six species are just some of the animals seeking refuge in the remaining pockets of unburnt landscapes on Australia’s east coast. We’ve already lost so much during the catastrophic bushfires of 2019-20, and losing more to bulldozers is a heartbreaking prospect.


With your help, we can ensure the wildlife that call the Unburnt Six home can recover and thrive.


All it takes is your signature. Sign the petition now:



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