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Native Animals

 wallaby_lgThe Clarence River Wilderness Lodge is home to many rare and endangered native species, such as the Brushtailed Rock GaonnaWallabies, Platypus, Spotted-tailed Quoll, Rufus Bettong, Eastern Cod. The Rock Wallabies can often be found sunning themselves on the rock ledges opposite the Lodge. Platypus viewing is for the early risers. These unusual monotremes feed at first light and mainly frequent the wider section of the waterhole. Rufus Bettong regularly visit the camp kitchen in the evenings. The Eastern Cod are most easily seen by taking a canoe out at night with a high powered torch.                                                               

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 The Clarence River Wilderness Lodge represents an area of faunal overlap penetrated both by Australia’s temperate and tropical faunas. The region also ppossum_lgrovides habitat for inland species of birds, which occasionally extend their distribution over the Great Dividing Range. This richness of fauna is a result of climate and terrain, which have produced a diversity of habitats available for colonization and evolution of species.
The Lodge embraces a variety of habitats, including dry rainforest, eucalypt forest and woodland, rocky cliffs, rivers and wet gullies. This wilderness area supports a number of species that have a fairly restricted distribution in NSW, including Rufous Rat-kangaroo, Scrub Wallaby and Rock Wallaby.

Brush- tailed rock wallabies are shy animals that live in colonies on rocky escarpments. These animals once had a widespread distribution across easternrock_wallaby_lg NSW, including parts of South-East Queensland and North-East Victoria.
Brush-tailed rock wallabies are characteristically named after their very distinctive long, thick bushy tail. Other distinguishing features of the species include large granulated feet necessary to grip steep surfaces. Their faces feature a black dorsal stripe that extends from the eye area to the back of the head and a white stripe on the cheek. The overall body colour of the animal varies between colonies and populations, and surrounding environs, but is usually chocolate brown with grey on the shoulders and a rufous tinge on the rump.
A colony of Rock Wallabies live on the cliff opposite the house. As the morning sun strikes the rock ledges in the morning the wallabies come out and warm themselves. Binoculars are needed for viewing.

platypus_lgA sleek and streamlined swimmer, the platypus is well adapted to its aquatic habitat. During the night it dives for food like worms, tadpoles insect larvae, shrimps yabbies and other crustaceans found in the mud and rocks on the bottom. Staying submerged for about one minute, it stores the food in cheek pouches and then rises to the surface where it grinds its meals on horny pads on the upper and lower jaws. An adult can consume up to half its body weight in food a night.
Platypus can usually be seen feeding at first light. The best way to do this is to take a canoe upstream to the rapids and slowly drift down watching for what looks like a floating stick. They dive with a distinctive plop as their tail hits the water.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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