South Gippsland - Victoria - Australia
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Native Wildlife Common To Gippsland
The large areas set aside as protected areas in South Gippsland, such as in Wilsons Promontory National Park, provide safe havens for the diverse range of native wildlife, creatures and birds found here.
Wombats - The hairy-nosed wombat is common throughout South Gippsland and although loved by many they cause worry to farmers by digging large tunneled burrows on fertile farmland. Much of their habitat has been destroyed but fortunately there is still some remnant bush and you'll find several local landholders are also re-planting their farms with native timber providing a haven for these quite large creatures. Be especially careful when driving at night (no matter where you are) because the slow moving wombat is often crossing just when you least expect it.
Brush-Tailed Possum - Being quite charming and friendly, the possums are amusing to watch at night. The mothers will often bring their babies close to us to be given a tit-bit of food...apples and pear being favourite treats. They can create quite a nuisance if they find any gaps in your roof and they will happily make nests inside the ceiling cavity. If you keep overhanging branches well away from the house, they won't bother to run loudly across your roof as much. They will eat fruit from your trees but a strong net over a frame will keep them out prior to harvest time. Giving them nesting boxes in the trees makes up for the lack of natural hollows where they prefer to make their homes.
Echidnas - These somewhat elusive creatures always bring a smile to my face as we see them scurrying out of our way in the garden or across the road. If you get too close they will bury their long noses in the ground and curl their spikes towards you. Being useful little animals, they eat any ants that they find when searching and I imagine them to be one of our most loved native creatures in South Gippsland.
Koala - The much loved koala is spotted rarely as it sits very still in the fork of gum trees...but during the mating season, the noises can be something like out of a horror movie. I know of people who have been terrified when hearing their pig-like screams during the night for the first time. As cuddly as they seem, don't ever pick one up without protective clothing. Even the young ones will scratch as they are trying to get a firm hold of you. We provide them with a succession of eucalypt trees which gives them protection, food and shelter and it is always a delight to spot one relaxing during the day.
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