Wildlife of the Peninsula

Wildlife is a common sight on the Peninsula, seals occasionally visit our beaches and our diverse natural environments provide a range of habitats for wildlife, with over 400 species of native animals having been recorded here.

Our beaches our a popular year round, you can learn more about seals on beaches and marine wildlife here. 

Our wildlife

Our native wildlife species on the peninsula includes: 

  • 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 to lesser known ground dwelling mammals like the White-footed Dunnart, Southern Brown Bandicoot and Swamp Rat.
  • 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.

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.