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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.


Endangered regent honeyeaters released into the wild

Twenty beloved conservation-bred regent honeyeaters have been released into the wild to help save one of Australia’s most endangered species.
A close up shot of a Regent Honeyeater bird

Sniffer dogs recruited to detect hidden leaks

Two pedigree hunting dogs are being trained to detect hidden leaks and odours across Sydney’s wastewater network.
Ziggy a English Springer Spaniel

Wallaby colony survives in Kangaroo Valley

The entire colony of Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies in Kangaroo Valley survived the 2019-20 bushfires which devastated the region, with the support of emergency food drops.
A ranger caring for a Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby

Related apps

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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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