‘Koala massacre’ prompts Australian authorities to issue hundreds of animal cruelty charges

‘Koala massacre’ prompts Australian authorities to issue hundreds of animal cruelty charges

Regulators in the Australian state of Victoria have slapped over 250 animal cruelty charges over the alleged mass killing of koalas. Dozens of koalas – a protected species in Victoria – were found dead at the partially cleared timber plantation at Cape Bridgewater in February last year. At first, 21 animals were found dead at […]

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Waterbirds in eastern Australia declining despite breeding boost from wet years, survey finds

Waterbirds in eastern Australia declining despite breeding boost from wet years, survey finds

Consecutive wet years have boosted breeding colonies of waterbirds in eastern Australia but not enough yet to increase total bird numbers, according to the latest edition of one of the world’s largest and longest nature surveys. Researchers on the annual survey, now in its 39th year, flew 38,360km – or almost enough to circumnavigate the […]

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Truffle-eating marsupial on ‘brink of extinction’

Truffle-eating marsupial on ‘brink of extinction’

One of only two remaining populations of an “ecosystem engineer” truffle-eating marsupial found in Queensland is much smaller than originally thought and could be declining further, according to new research. Scientists studying northern bettongs on the Mount Carbine Tableland in north-eastern Queensland have estimated the number of animals in that location is fewer than 50, […]

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