NumbatMammals are defined as animals that have hair and produce milk to feed their young. They are endothermic, which means they regulate their own body temperature. Mammals are divided into three types—marsupials, placental mammals and monotremes (egg-laying mammals).

There are only three species of egg-laying mammals or monotremes. These are the two species of echidna—long-beaked and short-beaked—and the platypus. Echidnas lay eggs in their pouch while the platypus lays its eggs in a burrow.

Marsupials, of which Australia has more than any other country, have a pouch where the young develops. The infant is born at an early stage of development and grows while nestled in the pouch.

Placental mammals form the largest mammal group. The young develop inside the mother’s uterus and are nourished through the placenta.

Mammals are found in almost all types of habitats. Some are found in the ocean (dolphins and whales), others are aerial animals like bats, and then there are those that live in trees, which are known as arboreal mammals. Many primates fall into this group, such as the orangutan. Then there are ground-living or ‘terrestrial’ mammals like elephants.

Click on the mammals below to learn more about those on display at Perth Zoo.

African Painted Dog

Asian Elephant

Asian Small-clawed Otter

Baboon (Hamadryas Baboon)

Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur

Black-capped Capuchin

Bolivian Squirrel Monkey

Brush-tailed Mulgara



Common Marmoset

Cotton-top Tamarin



Echidna (Short-beaked Echidna)

Elephant (Asian Elephant)

Emperor Tamarin

Feathertail Glider

Ghost Bat

Giraffe (Rothschild’s Giraffe)

Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroo

Grant’s Zebra

Hamadryas Baboon

Hyaena (Spotted Hyaena)

Javan Gibbon

Kangaroo (Red Kangaroo)

Kangaroo (Western Grey Kangaroo)



Meerkat (Slender-tailed Meerkat)

Nepalese Red Panda

Northern Quoll


Orangutan (Sumatran Orangutan)

Pygmy Marmoset


Red Kangaroo

Red-tailed Phascogale

Rhinoceros (Southern White Rhinoceros)

Ring-tailed Lemur

Rothschild’s Giraffe

Short-beaked Echidna

Slender-tailed Meerkat

Slow Loris

Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat

Southern White Rhinoceros

Spinifex Hopping-mouse

Spotted Hyaena

Squirrel Glider

Sumatran Orangutan

Sumatran Tiger

Sun Bear

Tammar Wallaby

Tasmanian Devil

Tiger (Sumatran Tiger)

Water Rat

Western Grey Kangaroo

Western Ringtail Possum

White-cheeked Gibbon

Wombat (Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat)


Zebra (Grant’s Zebra)

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