Brooklyn Wildlife Sanctuary is of global significance, with around 40% of all of Australia’s bird species and 30% of Australia’s mammals recorded on this single property. More than 30 animals that are threatened with extinction find refuge on Brooklyn.
Brooklyn’s 86 mammal species include many that are restricted to particular rainforest types in the region like the Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo, Musky Rat Kangaroo and three species of mountain ringtail possum.
Sheltering in the rugged areas on the mountain slopes and foothills are species that have declined elsewhere, including both the Northern Quoll and Spotted-tailed Quoll, and two species of rock wallaby.
An entirely different suite of mammals inhabit the drier open woodlands including the elusive Spectacled Hare-wallaby and Rufous Bettong, two (possibly three) species of bandicoot, pygmy possums, gliders and several Antechinus species.
Brooklyn’s enormous variety of birds – an exceptional 299 species - includes 14 threatened species, ranging from the Southern Cassowary (Australia’s heaviest bird) to the diminutive Blue-Faced Parrot Finch. Wet tropics endemics (species that are restricted to the Wet Tropics bioregion) include the Golden Bowerbird, Chowchilla, Atherton Scrub Wren and Pied Monarch. The Red Goshawk, Australia’s rarest bird of prey, breeds on the sanctuary.
Reptiles (105 species) and frogs (35 species) are similarly diverse, again reflecting the range of habitats available. Several of the frog species are restricted to the wetter mountains including the Mountain Top Nursery Frog and Hosmer’s Frog. Brooklyn provides refugial habitat for a number of rainforest frogs threatened in high elevation habitats by the introduced chytrid fungus including the Creek Frog and Torrent Tree Frog.
Click below to view the list of wildlife species at Brooklyn:
Mammals List | Birds List | Reptiles List | Amphibians List | Threatened List