From the Swan coastal plain to the valleys around Perth, from the Esperance plains to the jarrah-karri eucalyptus forests
, southwest Australia has the highest concentration of rare and endangered species on the entire continent.
Here one finds more than 6,000 species of native plants and 100 native mammals, birds, frogs and reptiles, making the region a biodiversity "hotspot"
), western swamp tortoise (Pseudemydura umbrina
) and Gilbert's potoroo
) are just some of the endangered wildlife unique to region.
Sea lions, southern right whales, great white sharks and many other marine species are found off the southwest coast in the waters of the Indian and Southern oceans.