Cape York is renowned for its wildlife and wild places; the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve has become a haven for many species as the surrounding areas are abolished by the mining industry. Wildlife surveys are still being conducted and new species are being constantly discovered.
There are currently over 40 species on the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve that are of conservation significance. These species are either threatened with extinction, are endemic to the area or have a restricted distribution.
So far there have been records of:
- 21 Amphibians
- 48 Fish species
- 170 Birds
- 20 Mammals
- 47 Reptiles