The desert environment of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park supports a surprising variety of animals. You are most likely to see birds and reptiles while in the park, but at sunrise or sunset you might be lucky and spot one of our more unusual mammals.
Animals play an important role in Anangu Tjukurpa. One of the main ancestors, the Mala (rufous hare-wallaby) people, travelled to Uluru from the north and subsequently fled to the south and southeast (towards South Australia) to escape from kurpany, an evil dog like creature that had been specifically created and sent from Kikingkura (near the Western Australia border).
Under Tjukurpa the actions of ancestral beings such as the mala and itjaritjari (marsupial mole) have important roles in forming the physical features of Uluru. Anangu continue
to hunt and gather animal species in remote areas of the park and the main mammal hunted is malu (red kangaroo, Macropus rufus).