Are you a traveler and an animal lover? If yes, you will have the time of your life in Oceania, the region that includes Australia and New Zealand, where you can find diverse native wildlife. There are currently 125 animal species in Oceania, including ones that you have probably only seen on TV but will definitely clinch a spot in your heart. Are you planning to go to Oceania? Pack your travel bags and get ready to travel and meet an array of beautiful and unique animals, from cute Kiwi birds to jeweled geckos. Before that, take a look at these unique Oceania animals that will make your stay in otherworldly Oceanian lands an unforgettable one!
When you think of Oceania or Australia, it’s impossible not to think of Kangaroos! Kangaroos are herbivorous animals that can reach 5 to 6 feet in height and up to 120 pounds in weight. There are four Kangaroo species — the red kangaroo, the largest of the kangaroo family, the antilopine kangaroo, the western grey kangaroo, and the eastern grey kangaroo. Thanks to their large feet, strong legs, and tail, Kangaroos can leap up to 30 feet, so if you see one jumping your way, run for it! Kangaroos are very funny, their movements and their faces, too! So get ready to take some memorable pictures!
Kiwis are nocturnal flightless birds of five species belonging to the genus Apteryx. These cute and unusual birds are the smallest living ratites with soft plumage and flexible beak, and surprising muscular and stout legs! The kiwi bird will steal your heart with its cuteness. It is the national bird of New Zealand, so once you’re there, you will see a lot of this cuteness!
These chubby and devastatingly cute animals are the first Oceanian animals that come to mind when you think of fluffiness! Koalas are literal treehuggers; they hug tree trunks because that helps them cool down. Also, they have poor eyesight, so they rely on their strong sense of hearing to survive. Koalas sleep most of the day and spend only a few hours eating and climbing trees. And once you see a sleeping koala, your heart will melt right there! Koalas will bring out your protective instincts with their fluffy fur, cute ears, and huggy nature!
Meet the most unusual creature among Oceania animals and the platypus in the animal kingdom (Ornithorhynchus anatinus). The platypus is a small semi-aquatic egg-laying mammal with a tail like a beaver’s, venomous glands (in males), a duck-like bill that helps it navigate underwater, webbed feet, and no stomach! Science suggests that the platypus used to be a giant and that it lost its stomach as a result of the evolutionary process. You will find the platypus in Australia only, so get your flight ticket to “the land down under” when travel opens up!
5. Jeweled Gecko
What a fancy-looking gecko! The Jeweled Gecko is an arboreal, diurnal species in the lizard family that lives in trees and feeds on berries occasionally. It’s a green gecko with beautiful white, yellow markings and feeds on a wide variety of insects as well as berries from native plants. Unfortunately, this beautiful creature is at risk of extinction because of habitat removal, so seize the opportunity to see it. The jeweled gecko is found only in New Zealand, so now you know where to go! You might find this unique creature in New Zealand zoos, among the other unusual animal species that you could only find in Oceania! That was the list of the top 5 Oceania animals that will add a unique flavor to your trip. Make sure to see them all and let us know your thoughts!