Due to its geography and history, North Head is relatively isolated despite its proximity to Sydney. This and active management has allowed a number of species to persist in the area, with North Head Sanctuary home to a diverse array of flora and fauna. Notable species include an endangered population of the Long-nosed Bandicoot (Perameles nasuta), as well as threatened species such as the Eastern Bentwing-bat (Miniopterus schreibersii oceanensis), Grey-headed Flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus), Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua) and Barking Owl (Ninox connivens).
However, like the rest of Australia, North Head has suffered local extinction of a suite of species since European settlement, most notably Brown Antechinus, Eastern Pygmy Possum, Eastern Quoll, Spotted-tailed Quoll, Swamp Wallaby and Bush Rats. The reintroduction of locally extinct species and the resumption of ecological processes in which these species participate (e.g. seed and spore dispersal, pollination, herbivory, predation) is an important component of the ecological restoration of North Head.
Click below to view the list of wildlife species at North Head:
Mammals List | Birds List | Reptiles List | Amphibians List | Threatened List