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Many animals throughout Australia required special human assistance after their habitats were burned down in devastating wild fires.

Koalas Wear Mittens  

Read and Explore: Grades K-5
Wildfires have burned much of Australia. Watch as caretakers help injured animals.

A koala sleeps comfortably on the branch of a tree.

Australia  

Read and Explore: Grades K-5
Photos, fun facts, wildlife, natural resources, maps and to more - to explore Australia.

Tasmanian Devils are some of the rarest and most unique mammals on the planet.

Tasmanian Devil  

Read and Explore: Grades K-5
But Tasmanian devils are real and are feisty like the cartoon Taz!

The Leafy Seadragon is one of the many marine animals that inhabits Australia's waters.

Wacky Weekend: Aussie Animals  

Read and Explore: Grades K-5
Check out these bizarre animals found around Australia.

Kangaroos curiously looking at the camera in Toorbul, Queensland, Australia.

Kanagroo  

Read and Explore: Grades K-5
Kangaroos use their strong tails for balance while jumping.​ They are the tallest of all marsupials, standing over 6 feet tall.​

Scientists researching wilderness in Brooks Range, Alaska

National Geographic Kids Family Camp  

Read and Explore:
Learners of all ages Recreate fun camp experiences!

Adapting Down Under

Adapting Down Under  

Watch: Grades 5-12
Join zoologist Lucy Cooke on her one-woman crusade to show the world why some of the most unlovable and ugly animals are actually the most interesting and deserving of our attention. Lucy takes us through the unique adaptations that make these oddballs so weird, wild, and wonderful.

Australia's Deadliest

Australia's Deadliest  

Watch: Grades 3-12
Travel to the MacDonnell ranges, and meet some of Australia's most dangerous wildlife including the continent's largest lizard and deadliest snake.

Devils on the Prowl

Devils on the Prowl  

Watch: Grades 5-12
Tasmania is home to the ravenous, wild, and endangered Tasmanian devil. Without this savage, scavenger beast as an apex carnivore, the entire island ecosystem of Tasmania would suffer a loss in biodiversity. Already, the Tasmanian devil is extinct on the mainland of Australia. Today, the Tasmanian population of devils is the only one left in the world.

Echidnas, along with platypuses (also native to Australia), are the only members of a grouping of mammals called monotremes. Monotremes are mammals that lay eggs rather than give birth to live young.

Photo Ark: Short-Beaked Echidnas  

Read: Grades 5-8
The short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) has spines on its back, a stiff snout, and a sticky tongue. It can be found in all of Australia’s biogeographic regions.

Koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) photographed at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital in Beerwah, Queensland, Australia.

Photo Ark: Koala  

Read: Grades 5-8
One of Australia’s prominent endemic species faces pressure from shifting climate and expanding human settlements.

Red Crab Migration

Red Crab Migration  

Watch: Grades 6-12
Every day, millions of creatures are born into a life on the march, on the wing, on the run. They are migrants. Born to move.

Gray’s twig (Ctenomorphodes chronus) photographed at the Singapore Zoo.

Photo Ark: Gray’s Twig  

Read: Grades 5-8
Able to mimic the appearance of the tree where it feeds, Gray’s twig (Ctenomorphodes chronus) is a master of camouflage.

What is Devil Facial Tumor Disease?

What is Devil Facial Tumor Disease?  

Watch: Grades 5-12
Devil facial tumor disease (DFTD) is a unique form of transferablecancer that harms its victims by causing tumors to grow around the face. These tumors interfere with feeding patterns and lead to eventual starvation. The lack of genetic variation in Tasmanian devil populations leaves them particularly susceptible to mass infection. Thus, the disease has wiped out a large percentage of Tasmanian devils, wreaking havoc in the survival of this already endangered species.

The Fight Against Devil Facial Tumor Disease

The Fight Against Devil Facial Tumor Disease  

Watch: Grades 5-12
Scientists have begun to study the effectiveness of vaccines against devil facial tumor disease (DFTD). They trap healthy and uninfected devils, administer vaccination shots, and then release the animals back into the wild. In doing so, scientists hope to gain more insight into how to stop this plague generationally, not just through individual immunization. Their goal is to give devils a fighting chance to survive the battle against this deadly, faceless threat.

Within 250 years, the number of eucalyptus tress along the east coast of Australia has decreased by nearly 66%, bringing Australia's koala population to its lowest extent in centuries.

Losing Their Eucalyptus  

Map: Grades 5-12
Within 250 years, the number of eucalyptus tress along the east coast of Australia has decreased by nearly 66%, bringing Australia's koala population to its lowest extent in centuries.

Black-Flanked Rock Wallabies

Black-Flanked Rock Wallabies  

Watch: Grades 4-10
See stunning views of the MacDonnell Ranges and learn about the unique rock wallabies that live among these big rocks.

Kangaroos at Wilson's Promentory National Park in Victoria, Australia.

The Continents: Australia  

There are seven continents on Earth. Test your knowledge about Australia with this Kahoot!

An indigenous Australian playing a traditional instrument called a didgeridoo.

Make a Didgeridoo  

From the KinderArt website, learn how to make your own didgeridoo- a wind instrument developed by Aboriginal peoples of northern Australia, likely within the last 1,000 years, and now in use around the world

A Dingo puppy

Citizen Science  

Wildlife Spotter:
Help save threatened species and preserve Australia’s iconic wildlife! Assist researchers by looking for animals in wilderness photos taken by automated cameras around Australia. 

Two girls sit together reading books on a wooden bridge in a park.

Book List  

Explore Through Reading: Grades K-12
Books have the ability to transport readers to faraway places. Explore a different part of the world through this curated reading list.

Explorer Classroom

As communities around the world are exploring new ways of teaching and learning this summer, we invite you to join us for live broadcasts of Explorer Classroom on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Explorer Classroom’s live video events connect students with National Geographic Explorers across all seven continents to bring exploration to life.

Explorer Classroom Special Edition:  Photo Camp Live

Ages 16+

Learn from National Geographic Explorers and photographers each Friday at 2:00 p.m. EDT, as they share their journeys to capture powerful moments of community and connection. Hear about their experiences in the field, the passion that drives their work, and their efforts to cultivate empathy and understanding through their assignments, whether it’s documenting the lives of people facing injustice or a community’s cultural ties to the natural world.  Receive a weekly assignment and share your photos on social media.

Events are free and open to the public. Register for a chance at one of six on-camera spots to ask Explorers your questions face to face!

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