We are very lucky in South-East Queensland to have some pretty special animals calling our oceans, beaches, forests and parks home! There are hundreds of thousands of animals in these environments from small invertebrates (tiny animals without a spine) to bigger mammals like koalas and kangaroos. Every animal plays an important role in the ecosystem and has an interesting story...
Here are some of our favourite animal facts:
"Did you know that each species of butterfly is attracted to different host plants? This is one or two types of plant that different types of butterflies lay their eggs on, and then the caterpillars feed on that same plant. For example, the orchard swaIlowtail butterfly loves to lay eggs on lemon, lime and orange trees. I look for butterflies, caterpillars and eggs whenever I walk past certain trees now!"
Hannah from Team EcoMarines
"Kangaroos give birth to one joey at a time, but they can be raising 3 babies at one time. They can be pregnant, have a tiny joey in their pouch and a joey out of the pouch!"
Dini from Team EcoMarines
"Pelicans can fly 3 kilometres high in the sky. Most school ovals are around 200 metres... so that's like 15 laps of your play area! Pretty high, hey?"
Penny from Team EcoMarines
We often hear about kangaroos and koalas, but what about the other important animals in our ecosystem? Every year, around 40,000 shorebirds from 34 different species migrate to Moreton Bay to breed.These birds travel here through "highways" in the sky from all over the world including China, Siberia and Alaska!
To learn more about shorebirds, check out the Totally Wild episode filmed with Wishart State School during their excursion at the Port of Brisbane (this is the full episode - EcoMarines segment begins at 15:37)!