Native fauna

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Introduction

The Corangamite region is home to fauna species that are unique to the area, many of which are dependent on the natural assets such as native vegetation, waterways and wetlands. Unfortunately, the region has more than 300 species classified as ‘threatened’ in Victoria.

Many species have evolved over thousands of years and will not have the ability to adapt to what will be a climate that is changing in a relatively short timeframe and as a result, changes to the distribution of species is expected to occur. A climate that is hotter and drier will lead to other indirect impacts, such as changes to natural fire and flooding regimes. An increase in these events may have direct impacts on already small, localised populations.

The survival of threatened flora and fauna and ecological communities depends a great deal on the health of native vegetation and the continuing existence of other important habitats.

The Wadawurrung Healthy Country Plan saysNative animals are all the animals that are indigenous and belong to Wadawurrung Country. It includes mammals like echidna and spotted-tailed quoll, birds like Porronggitj (brolga), emu, amphibians like frogs, reptiles like snakes, fish and eels. It also includes insects like butterflies, ants and spiders.

There are many animals that used to be found on Wadawurrung Country but aren’t any more like dingoes and bilbies. All these animals are important because together with the plants and people they make Country healthy.”