Lord Howe Island Stick Insect hatching at Melbourne Zoo. The Lord Howe Island Stick Insect, Dryococelus australis, was driven to the brink of extinction by Black Rats in the early twentieth century. However, in 2001 it was rediscovered on Balls Pyramid, a rat-free volcanic outcrop 23 km off the coast of Lord Howe Island, which is located off Australia's east coast.
It’s official: the only thing certain in this world is taxes. That’s because death, for a tiny sea creature, is not inevitable. Turritopsis nutricul, a jellyfish-like hydrazoan, is the only animal known to be potentially immortal.
Red-triangle Slugs, Triboniophorus graeffei. These large (70mm) slugs are common in the Brisbane region of Australia, but are seldom seen as they are usually nocturnal and secretive. They are easily recognised by the red triangle surrounding the breathing pore on their backs.