WILDLIFE OF THE EUCALYPTUS FOREST
Meet the inhabitants of Australia’s most iconic tree
An iconic image of Australia is the koala munching away at eucalyptus leaves, but these trees are vital to many other animals too, including endemic and endangered species.
Evolving from rainforest trees to cope with drought and a lack of nutrients, eucalypts are hardy plants from three genera – Eucalyptus, Corymbia and Angophora – able to survive in areas uninhabitable to other species.
Eucalypt forests comprise around 900 different trees and make up threequarters of Australia’s native forests. The trees, also known as gum trees, can live for hundreds of years and grow to over 70 metres (229.7 feet) tall, creating vast canopies or open forests for birds and climbing animals to explore. The understorey and forest floor are just as busy, filled with animals that make their homes in the shelter of the trees.