When you hear Tasmanian devil do you automatically think of a famous cartoon character? Perfectly understandable! But how much do you know about the real-life animal? Tasmanian devils live in Australia, a continent that is brimming with wacky, adorable, and sometimes terrifying creatures! Follow the links below to experience some of Australia’s most interesting animals.
Check out these links to read more about:
- Those adorable not-bears known as cuddly koalas
- The fast, fun, feisty kangaroo
- A bird with a sense of humor, the laughing kookaburra
- A truly unusual lizard, the blue-tongued skink
- The platypus, a mammal that looks like a duck
- The shy and misunderstood Tasmanian devil
Then try a few National Geographic Kids’ videos:
- Koala munching on eucalyptus is found here
- Too many kangaroos? Impossible! See them here
- Watch the amazing crocodile living its life right here
- Feeling fearless? Watch zoologist Jack Randall get up close and personal with crocodiles and a giant python.
Need more cuteness?
The San Diego Zoo offers a live koala cam, where you can watch this adorable marsupial 24/7.
Do you want to find out more about Australia and its amazing animals? These digital books are available from the library through the Hoopla app!
- 101 Amazing Facts About Australian Animals by Jack Goldstein
- Koalas by Bold Kids
- On the Hunt with Crocodiles by Kristen Pope
- Baby Kangaroos by Megan Borgert-Spaniol
- Animals of the Australian Outback by Baby Professor
- 20 Fun Facts About the Great Barrier Reef by Emily Mahoney
Crafts and Games:
- Follow these simple steps to create your own Lizard Lair; if you’re really lucky, maybe you’ll catch a blue-tongued skink!
- Capture the colors of the Great Barrier Reef with this slick art project.
- Find the endangered animals in this fun, challenging word search.
Vikki is a Youth Services Librarian at the Poland Unit of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. When she can help a child (or anyone, really!) find just the right book, she considers it a great day. Vikki is the mother of three adult people, and grandmother of two small ones; in her spare time she enjoys reading grown-up books, baking, and spending time with her family.