Tasmanian devils wipe out thousands of penguins on tiny Australian island

Tasmanian devils wipe out thousands of penguins on tiny Australian island

An attempt to save the Tasmanian devil by shipping an “insurance population” to a tiny Australian island has come at a “catastrophic” cost to the birdlife there, including the complete elimination of little penguins, according to BirdLife Tasmania. Maria Island, a 116-square-kilometre island east of Tasmania, was home to 3,000 breeding pairs of little penguins […]

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‘Road to extinction’: koalas could soon be listed as endangered in swathes of eastern Australia

‘Road to extinction’: koalas could soon be listed as endangered in swathes of eastern Australia

Koalas could soon be listed as endangered in Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory after bushfires smashed already struggling populations and destroyed precious habitat. A federal panel of threatened species experts has recommended the marsupial’s status be upgraded from vulnerable in each of the three jurisdictions. Josey Sharrad from the International Fund […]

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Family of beloved kangaroos hopping around a golf course is saved from being culled after 80 angry residents stood in front of armed hunters paid to shoot them

Family of beloved kangaroos hopping around a golf course is saved from being culled after 80 angry residents stood in front of armed hunters paid to shoot them

Beloved kangaroos hopping around a golf course have been saved from being shot dead after members stood between the animals and armed hunters. Heritage Golf and Country Club in Melbourne’s north-east advised neighbours earlier this week that it was in their ‘best interests not to be out after dark’ as it was going to shoot […]

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Australia confirms extinction of 13 more species, including first reptile since colonisation

Australia confirms extinction of 13 more species, including first reptile since colonisation

The Australian government has officially acknowledged the extinction of 13 endemic species, including 12 mammals and the first reptile known to have been lost since European colonisation. The addition of the dozen mammal species confirms Australia’s unenviable position as the world’s capital for mammal extinction, lifting the total number of mammals known to have died […]

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How kangaroos could be jeopardising conservation efforts across Australia

How kangaroos could be jeopardising conservation efforts across Australia

The experimental fencing had gone up to keep the rabbits out, but the ground inside the conservation area at Yathong in central New South Wales had still been nibbled and munched bare. “It was completely denuded,” says Prof Mike Letnic. “It was like a moonscape.” The culprit? Australia’s most ubiquitous marsupial: the kangaroo. “There’s this perception […]

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