‘Dingoes were here first’: the landowners who say letting ‘wild dogs’ live pays dividends

‘Dingoes were here first’: the landowners who say letting ‘wild dogs’ live pays dividends

By their own admission, John Knight and Caroline Thomas are blow-ins to the cattle country in South Australia’s far north. An Adelaide cardiac surgeon and a clinical researcher respectively, they bought Evelyn Downs, a cattle station near the Painted Desert about 150km north of Coober Pedy, in 2006 and moved north a decade later. From […]

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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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Australian wildlife 20 times more likely to encounter deadly feral cats than native predators

Australian wildlife 20 times more likely to encounter deadly feral cats than native predators

Australia’s wildlife are at least 20 times more likely to come across a deadly feral cat than one of the country’s native predators, according to a new study. Invasive cats, which kill billions of native animals each year, form a triple threat, the study finds, by hunting with greater intensity, in broader environments and in […]

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