Wildlife at La Trobe
Throughout the Wildlife Sanctuary’s 30 hectare site, a great diversity of plants and wildlife can be found. A stroll around our wetlands will provide the budding or experienced bird watcher with a great experience. Tune in your ears at certain times of the year and you will hear numerous frog species calling. Our lizard lounges exhibit darting reptiles, while nesting boxes, and hollows, provide great habitat for arboreal birds and mammals. Spring and summer will reveal a pop of colour in the form of wildflowers throughout the various habitat types; and as the temperature drops and it starts to get wetter in autumn, an ever increasing diversity of fungi can be found.
There are over 500 species of indigenous plants and 355 native vertebrate species recorded in the Wildlife Sanctuary. The numbers of invertebrate species are poorly known, but there are likely to be many more species than the vertebrate species.
Many of the indigenous plant species are available for purchase through our indigenous plant nursery. We also have a handy search function to help you work out what species will be best suited to your garden!
Download your complete flora and fauna list for the Wildlife Sanctuary*. This resource is particularly useful for school assignments.
*Scientific nomenclature is constantly changing! Names within this document were accurate at the time of its publication. We recommend cross checking names with Flora of Victoria and Atlas of Living Australia.
Become a Citizen Scientist
As you go for a walk around the Wildlife Sanctuary, you can help us to gather vital information about the biodiversity.
Here are a couple of useful apps which can help you to become a citizen scientist:
- iNaturalistAU - Snap a photo and upload your observations! This information is then integrated with Atlas of Living Australia.
- eBird Australia - For birds, we encourage you to use eBird to record sightings. Can you top the leaderboard?
Find out more about Citizen Science events that you can get involved in at the Wildlife Sanctuary.
Explore some of the fauna that can be found within the Wildlife Sanctuary. To find out more about any of these species, head to Atlas of Living Australia.
If you have a photo of any of these species (or any other great photos taken within the Wildlife Sanctuary) that we can use, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.