Hog nosed rat

Discover Documentary: Rats

The Indonesian island of Sulawesi is home to a unique mix of Australian and Asian animals found nowhere else on Earth, including a number of rat species that are one of a kind. Find out how research being conducted by Dr Kevin Rowe and his colleagues into these rats is helping us to understand the evolution of life on our planet.

Tasmanian tigers in captivity.

Secrets from beyond extinction: the Tasmanian tiger

The entire thylacine genome has now been sequenced, revealing the apex marsupial predator was in poor genetic health and may have struggled to fight disease had it survived.

Gymnobelideus leadbeateri, Leadbeater's Possum, mount.

A good possum is hard to find

The story of Leadbeater's Possum is a remarkable one. 

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Over 600 birds, reptiles, mammals and amphibians from around the world.

Koala specimen mounted on a tree trunk.
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Sam the Koala

A symbol of hope and resilience amidst the loss and trauma of Australia's worst bushfires on record.

whale preying on fish

Discover Documentary: Prehistoric marine mammals

What creatures swam in Australia's oceans millions of years ago? In this episode of Discover, palaeontologists Dr Erich Fitzgerald and Tim Ziegler explain how they find and prepare the fossils which are revealing the secrets of Victoria's prehistoric marine mammals.

man with taxidermied koala

Outreach koala

Preparing a specimen for education programs.

Wombat poo

The science of poo

Poo is truly fascinating stuff.

A Platypus swimming in mid-water.
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An egg-laying mammal most often seen swimming and diving in freshwater at dusk.

Large male red kangaroo standing on hind legs beside small shrub.
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Red Kangaroo

The world's largest living marsupial.

Colour illsutration
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Detail of a colour illustration of a two koalas
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Bird perched on a red bollard
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Wildlife Field Guide app to Gippsland Lakes

Cockatoos taking flight
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Field Guide to the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape

Specimen box storage for the liquid nitrogen cryofacility freezing tank, Ian Potter Bio-Bank.

Discover Documentary: Biobank

Discover the Ian Potter Australian Wildlife Biobank: a state-of-the-art liquid nitrogen storage facility containing tissue, venom, and even live cells. 

Bird perched on a branch

Listening for Nature

Researchers are using advanced digital tools to listen in on animal sounds and map who is where from croaks and calls.

Tasmanian tiger mount

Cryptozoology – imagination, science or folklore?

"I know what I saw"


Small(er) is beautiful

Megafaunal giants…in miniature

pink cockatoo

Indigenous Biodiversity

An Aboriginal perspective on Australia's threatened species.

Four men with a fossil skull and tooth model

2017 Round Up

Museums Victoria had a massive year – take a look at our Top 10 moments.

Specimens in glass jars

Extinct Tasmanian Tiger now back in 3D

Using 3D scanning, researchers are peeking under the preserved skin of Tasmanian tiger specimens to reconstruct its growth and development.

scientists with thylacine specimens

2018 Round Up

Take a look at our ten most memorable museum moments!

Five girls looking for marine life on a boat.
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Help us document biodiversity – record your own sightings

Kangaroos, male and female with joey in pouch standing on hindlegs.
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Eastern Grey Kangaroo

Perhaps the most popular of the Australian marsupials is the Eastern Grey Kangaroo.

Possum in a tree
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Common Brushtail Possum

The scientific name of the Common Brush-tail Possum, Trichosurus vulpecula, means "furry tailed little fox".

Kangaroo standing on hindlegs.
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Western Grey Kangaroo

Have dark brown-grey body fur with darker face and are pale grey underneath

Rufous Bettong on hindlegs surrouned by grass, staring at camera.
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Rufous Bettong

A solitary species that shelters during the day.

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