Poachers illegally shoot and behead buffaloes and leave their carcasses to rot on sacred Aboriginal land

Poachers illegally shoot and behead buffaloes and leave their carcasses to rot on sacred Aboriginal land

Poachers have illegally shot and beheaded buffaloes in a remote Australian outback region and left their carcasses to rot on sacred Aboriginal land. One decapitated buffalo was found in Mount Catt, central Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory – where it is illegal to travel on Aboriginal land without permission from traditional landowners. Northern Land […]

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Wombats’ deadly bums: how they use their ‘skull-crushing’ rumps to fight, play and flirt

Wombats’ deadly bums: how they use their ‘skull-crushing’ rumps to fight, play and flirt

Australia is known for its strange and deadly wildlife, with plenty of attention given to venomous snakes and bird-eating spiders. But it seems one terrifying aspect of outback fauna has been thoroughly ignored: the wombat’s deadly bum. The rump of the wombat is hard as rock, used for defence, burrowing, bonding, mating and possibly violently […]

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‘Sliding towards extinction’: koala may be given endangered listing as numbers plummet

‘Sliding towards extinction’: koala may be given endangered listing as numbers plummet

The koala is being considered for official listing as endangered after the summer’s bushfire disaster and ongoing habitat destruction on the east coast forced the government to reconsider its threat status. The iconic species, which is currently listed as vulnerable under national environment laws, is among 28 animals that could have their threat status upgraded, […]

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‘Sit! sit!’ How one Australian dealt with a 4m crocodile called ‘Bonecruncher’

‘Sit! sit!’ How one Australian dealt with a 4m crocodile called ‘Bonecruncher’

For most people, the sight of an approaching crocodile, mouth wide open, would provide the fright of a life. And their fear would be rightly placed, as encounters between man and saltwater crocs typically have deathly ends for the former. Not for Matt Wright, the so-called “outback wrangler”. “Stay, sit, sit!” Wright instructed the croc ominously […]

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