The Four Animal Types

If you haven’t heard about it already, AusIDentities is a colourful and innovative approach to personality profiling that uses Australian animals at its core to highlight differences between people, which in turn gives the program its uniquely Australian look and feel. While it was originally created for use in education, and is now used in over 300 schools across the country, it has long since been embraced by the private sector, both in businesses and in not-for-profit and community based organisations like the Salvation Army and Scripture Union.

The idea is simple; highlight the characteristics of four Australian animals and the way they behave in their natural environment, and then map this behaviour across to the way that people behave in their everyday lives. It is a system of four personality types, or more accurately, four temperament types, and the animals that are used are as follows:

The Dolphins who strives to make personal connections and who enjoy the company of others who share similar ideas and values. They are able to appreciate many different points of view, and are often more interested in how the world could be rather than how it is. They appreciate people who validate their personal worth and will enjoy praise, encouragement and positive reinforcement.

The Eagles who live in a world of ideas, and who are constantly seeking new knowledge. They like to be independent and in control of their lives, both in the workplace and in the classroom, and love to learn, especially finding out everything they can about the things that interest them. Probably the most argumentative of the types, although they may not recognise this in themselves, they also tend to be insightful, quick learners and critical thinkers.

The Kangaroo who lives their life as though there were no better time than the present moment. They enjoy having the freedom to act on their impulses, approaching tasks in their own time and in their own way, and in doing so become energised and motivated. Generally, fun, cheerful and tolerant, they like to be recognised for their cleverness, adaptability and occasionally for their willingness to take a risk.

The Wombats who thrive in a regulated setting which offers the routines, customs and structures that are meaningful and important to them. They generally develop good organisational habits early in their lives, enabling them to keep up to date with their responsibilities, both at school and in their work. They are attentive and respectful of authority and like to be appreciated for their accuracy, efficiency and sense of responsibility.

So how do you discover which type you are? The team at AusIDentities have developed an App, ‘Who’s Who in the Zoo’ which is available from both i-tunes and Google Play, that has a built in, Personality types quiz made up of 36 questions, each with a simple A or B answer. It takes 5 minutes or less depending on how well you know and understand yourself, and also has 3 variations of the questions depending on your age, 7-12 years, 13-18 years, and Adult.

While there are other systems available, many also offering a 4 personality types type test, none of them offer the same colourful and inviting characters of the AusIDentities model, and few of them have the simplicity and ease of use and understanding of AusIDentities. You don’t even need the App to access the questions either, as there is a free quiz on the website,, which offers the abridged version that contains only 20 questions. Although in truth, the level of understanding and the detail of the explanations offered in the free version, are nowhere near the level of information offered in the App.

The benefits to schools of understanding the learning styles of our young people is immense, not least because we can communicate better and often anticipate their needs ahead of time. This becomes especially important if we are to provide the best possible environment for them to succeed, in school and in life, and take the necessary steps towards the establishment of a more congruent and harmonious learning experience, for both student and teacher.

For the manager of an organisation it is also about tapping into a person and/or a team’s true potential through the understanding of people’s innate strengths and core values. When we properly harness this potential, and then set about motivating that individual or team in way that is conducive to their personality and natural preferences, the outcomes for everyone are greatly enhanced though greater retention, increased productivity and less conflict.

AusIDentities – Awakening people to their true potential.



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