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Protecting wildlife in Brisbane




Brisbane has more species of plants, animals and insects than any other capital city in Australia. Read about Brisbane's wildlife, threatened wildlife species, Brisbane City Council's habitat conservation program for private land and how to preserve Brisbane's biodiversity. You can also find information on how to manage invasive species and pest animals on your land.

Council operates a 24/7 native wildlife ambulance service. If you find a sick, injured and/or orphaned wild animal, phone 07 3403 8888 and ask for help from the wildlife ambulance.

Pest animals and invasive species

Cane toads, foxes, the common (Indian) myna and rodents are just some of the pest animals and invasive species found in Brisbane. Learn how to control them and your obligations as a land owner.

Living with wildlife
Brisbane’s native animals and birds play an important role in our city’s biodiversity and it is an offence to harm them. They help to control pest insects and spread native vegetation. Find out how to live with wildlife and what you can do to protect our city’s biodiversity.


Threatened species
Several plant and animal species are facing local extinction. View the Wildlife Conservation Action Statements.

Feeding wildlife
Council offers advice on the impacts of wildlife feeding and what food can safely be fed to some wildlife.

Conservation partnerships
Council offers partnership agreements to private land owners who want to protect the wildlife habitat on their land.

Protecting biodiversity
Council has a range of initiatives to protect and restore native plants, native animals and their habitat.

Bushland neighbours
Learn how you can protect our environment and native wildlife by being a good bush neighbour.

Invasive Species Management
Land owners should control invasive plants and animals on their land. Read Council's Invasive Species Management Plan.


Food for wildlife

If you are wanting to feed your local wildlife animals, please check the following list of alternative supplementary foods to make sure you are feeding them something that will be suitable.
SpeciesNatural foodSupplementary food
Possums and gliders
  • native grasses and herbs
  • native fruit and berries
  • flowers, nectar and leaves
  • insects
  • native flowers and foliage
  • soft and hard fruits
  • carrots, corn and spinach
Parrots
  • native seeds
  • native fruit and berries
  • native bird mix
  • chopped fruit and vegetables
  • native blossom and seeds
Honeyeaters and lorikeets
  • nectar, pollen, honeydew and sap
  • native fruits and berries
  • insects
  • chopped, well-ripened soft fruit
  • native flowers
Ducks
  • grasses, herbs and seeds
  • aquatic vegetation
  • aquatic insects
  • chopped lettuce, spinach or sprouts
  • grain that has been crushed and soaked in water
Kookaburras, magpies and crows
  • mice and rats
  • small reptiles, birds, mammals and frogs
  • insects and worms
  • native fruits and berries
  • feeding these birds is not recommended. They are easily habituated to humans and may display nuisance or aggressive behaviour and even attack humans
Macropods (kangaroos, wallabies)
  • native grasses
  • bark
  • green leafy branches
  • native fruit and berries
  • feeding macropods is not recommended. They are easily habituated to humans and may display aggressive behaviour and even attack humans, particularly children
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