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Plants and animals

Explore NSW's native plants and animals, learn about our threatened species program, apply for wildlife licences and find information about pest animals and weeds.

Native animals

Learn about some of our unique and unusual native animals, how to help them when they are sick or injured and where to see them.

Native plants

Native plants are vital for the health of our environment, support native animals and protect soils and water.

Threatened species

The NSW Government helps to save threatened species by funding the statewide Saving our Species program.

Weeds and pest animals

Weeds are a major threat to our natural environment and farming industries.

Pest animals like foxes, feral cats and wild dogs prey on livestock and wildlife and compete with them for food and shelter.

Wildlife licences

In NSW you need a licence for living or working with most native animals including keeping them as pets.


Cans for Koalas recycling appeal launched

Recyclers using Return and Earn vending machines can now donate refunds to help koalas recover from the recent bushfires.
People collecting bottles at a Return and Earn point

South Coast shorebirds hatching boom

Critically endangered shorebirds have hatched at nesting sites along the NSW South Coast.
Little Tern chicks on the shore

Mountain Pygmy-possums dig into food and water

Remote cameras spot Mountain Pygmy-possums eating from stations installed in a bushfire-affected area of Kosciuszko National Park.
A spotted Mountain Pygmy possum

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Wild About Whales

Official guide to whale watching in NSW. Find, plan, book a tour and learn about different whale species.

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NSW WeedWise

The NSW WeedWise app provides key information to help users reduce the impact of weeds in NSW. The app profiles over 300 weeds, describing biosecurity duties under the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015, control information and registered herbicide options. Users range from home gardeners and residents to farmers, land managers and weeds professionals.

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