Hundreds of flying foxes die in searing Australian heat

A colony of flying foxes has been nearly wiped out by extreme heat in Campbelltown in south-west Sydney, according to environmentalists. The Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown campaign posted a series of images to Facebook showing the corpses of the animals lying in the ground, apparently after they had died from dehydration […]

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Koala cull resumes in Australian tourist destination

They may be a national symbol, but authorities in Australia are culling a colony of koalas in a popular tourist destination. The move from the state government of Victoria is in reaction to the burgeoning koala population at Cape Otway, in the south of Australia. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWEP) is […]

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Poll: Should koalas be culled in overpopulated areas to prevent starvation?

Australia needs to consider allowing healthy koalas to be euthanised in order to control numbers in overpopulated areas, where the animals risk dying painfully from starvation, a koala expert says. Although not endangered in any state, koalas are listed as vulnerable in the eastern states of Queensland and New South Wales, where their habitat is […]

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Tree-huggers: koalas cuddle up to keep cool

Animals that live in hot climates have various behavioral adaptations to help keep them cool. Kangaroos lick their wrists; rats lick their testicles. New-world vultures urinate on themselves. Humans and horses sweat. These behaviors all take advantage of the ability of evaporation to lower temperature by transferring heat energy from an animal’s body to the […]

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