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Backyard Buddies is a free education initiative run by the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife.

It gives you simple tips to transform your backyard into a safe and inviting habitat haven.

Backyard Buddies are the native plants and animals that share our urban areas, waterways, backyards and parks.  Backyard Buddies are also the people who value native wildlife and want to protect it. So you can be a backyard buddy.

Connect your Backyard, create Green Corridors and help us support the Big Backyard – National Parks across Australia Your backyard, school yard, or local park is your very own bit of Australian wilderness, and it’s teeming with wildlife – even if you can’t see them all the time. Your backyard is a small part of our Big Backyard and Green Corridors that link our many National Parks, giving safe passage and a safe haven for animals whose habits and habitats don’t recognise man-made boundaries.

You can explore, create and help your own backyard buddies, to help them survive and to thrive into the future.

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Wherever you are in Australia, you will definitely have seen this little creature in your garden or even in your house (or honey jar). Ants live all over Australia in every single kind of environment. That is because there are so many types of ants - over 1,200 known species in Australia and over 15,000 worldwide. Many kinds of ants love rainforest areas, but ants are also found in the most arid deserts and even underwater. Ants c..

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Have you ever seen a really, really big ant? Have you ever spotted a blue one? Or one that sticks its bum in the air when it walks? It is most likely a Blue Ant. The Blue Ant grows up to 2.5 cm long but there is a secret to its massive growth... it's actually a wasp. They live in Tasmania, New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria. The male Blue Ant has a darker body with white spots on his abdomen. Males are smaller, only gro..

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