Wildlife of Tas­ma­nia

En­ter­ing the Tas­ma­nian rain­for­est is like step­ping back in time. Gen­tle green light fil­ters through the canopy, cast­ing dap­pled shade on a world older than the di­nosaurs

World of Animals - - Contents - Words Laura Mears

get to know the unique species that call this is­land home

The tran­quil trees of the Tas­ma­nian rain­for­est form a habi­tat like no other. Cool and dark, they’re quite un­like the swel­ter­ing, vine-tan­gled knots of fo­liage found in other parts of the world. More an­cient than the eu­ca­lypt forests of the Aus­tralian main­land, these ecosys­tems date back mil­lions of years.

Myr­tle beech trees up to 400 years old form a lacy canopy that turns rose-gold as new leaves emerge each spring. Thou­sand-year-old Huon pines stretch to­wards the clouds, and leather­woods send sprays of scent into the air as they bloom. Home to more than just the fa­mous Tas­ma­nian devil, these wilder­nesses pro­vide refuge for an­i­mals that sur­vive nowhere else on Earth.

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