Wildlife of the Peninsula

 The diverse natural environments on the peninsula provide range of habitats for wildlife - over 400 species of native animals have been recorded here, including:

  • 293 species of birds – including tiny Hooded Plovers that nest on the ocean beaches of Rye to the impressively large Powerful Owl that hunts through forested areas, our bird fauna is the most diverse group of animals on the peninsula.
  • 34 mammals – including the easily recognisable Echidnas, Koalas and Swamp Wallabies, lesser known ground dwelling mammals like the White-footed Dunnart, Southern Brown Bandicoot and Swamp Rat, and nine species of microbats.
  • 31 fish – including two endangered species - the Dwarf Galaxis, a tiny freshwater fish which is recognised by its striking iridescent stripes, and the Flatback Mangrovegoby, a locally abundant species associated with estuarine waters amongst saltmarsh and mangroves.
  • 25 reptiles – from the better known species like Blue-tongue Lizard and Eastern Brown Snake, to more cryptic animals like the Jacky Lizard and threatened Swamp Skink.
  • 11 frogs – including the nationally endangered Growling Grass Frog and more common and widespread species like the Spotted Marsh Frog and Southern Brown Tree Frog.

To learn more about the peninsula's diverse wildlife, download our Fauna of the Mornington Peninsula(PDF, 1MB) guide which includes photos and descriptions of over 70 native animals that call the peninsula home.


Protecting Koalas on the Mornington Peninsula

The Mornington Peninsula Shire planned a public forum on Koalas for late March 2020.  The forum was cancelled due to COVID19.  The Shire is planning to host the forum later in 2020 at a suitable time to be advised. In the lead up to the cancelled forum, a survey was sent out to attendees who posed many questions to the presenters.  These questions have been collated and provided with interim answers with kind assistance from Desley Whisson, Deakin University and Emily Hynes, Ecoplan Australia and can be downloaded below. Please have a look.  For any further questions or comments please email koalaforum@mornpen.vic.gov.au.

Download: Koala-Forum-Your-Questions-Answered.pdf(PDF, 881KB)


What to do if you find injured wildlife

Mornington Peninsula injured wildlife rescue emergency contacts can be found on the Community Directory. 

You can also check out Wildlife Victoria - 24hr Hotline 13 000 94535 or 13000Wildlife. The State Government also have a handy Help for Injured Wildlife Tool to help you find and contact the closest relevant wildlife carers and rehabilitation organisations to help the injured wildlife.


Spotted a seal?

Seals occasionally visit our beaches, you can learn more about seals on beaches and marine wildlife here.