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shutterstock drones, detection dogs, poo spotting: what’s the best way to conduct australia’s great koala count?

Shutterstock Drones, detection dogs, poo spotting: what’s the best way to conduct Australia’s Great...

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Picture: Shuttlestock Federal environment minister Sussan Ley this week announced A$2 million for a national audit of Australia’s koalas, as part of an A$18 million package to protect the vulnerable species. The funding might seem like a...
research shows whipping horses doesn’t make them run faster, straighter or safer — let’s cut it out

Research shows whipping horses doesn’t make them run faster, straighter or safer — let’s...

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Picture:AAP The Melbourne Cup is upon us. This year will be different due to COVID-19 — but one thing we don’t expect to change is concern about horses’ welfare, which seems to resurface each year. Just...
cats carry diseases that can be deadly to humans, and it’s costing australia $6 billion every year

Cats carry diseases that can be deadly to humans, and it’s costing Australia $6...

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Picture: Rotiv Artic/Unsplash Toxoplasmosis, cat roundworm and cat scratch disease are caused by pathogens that depend on cats — pets or feral — for part of their life cycle. But these diseases can be...
photos from the field: australia is full of lizards so i went bush to find out why

Photos from the field: Australia is full of lizards so I went bush to...

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A lace monitor (Varanus varius) Kristian Bell,  Author provided Though it may not be as famous a stereotype as shrimps on the barbie, deadly snakes or Vegemite, Australia is renowned in certain scientific circles for being...
environment minister sussan ley faces a critical test: will she let a mine destroy koala breeding grounds?

Environment Minister Sussan Ley faces a critical test: will she let a mine destroy...

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Picture: AAP Image/Mick Tsikas In the next few weeks, federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley will decide whether to approve a New South Wales quarry expansion that will destroy critical koala breeding grounds. The case, involving the...
predators, prey and moonlight singing: how phases of the moon affect native wildlife

Predators, prey and moonlight singing: how phases of the Moon affect native wildlife

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Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-ND Humans have long been inspired and transfixed by the Moon, and as we’re discovering, moonlight can also change the behaviour of Australian wildlife. A collection of recently published research has illuminated...
from kangaroo island to mallacoota, citizen scientists proved vital to australia’s bushfire recovery

From Kangaroo Island to Mallacoota, citizen scientists proved vital to Australia’s bushfire recovery

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Picture: David Crosling/AAP Following the Black Summer bushfires of 2019-20, many people throughout Australia, and across the world, wanted to know how they could help in response to the environmental disaster. Hundreds contacted the Australian...
summer bushfires: how are the plant and animal survivors 6 months on? we mapped their recovery

Summer bushfires: how are the plant and animal survivors 6 months on? We mapped...

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State Government of Victoria/Agriculture, Water and the Environment Australia roared into 2020 as a land on fire. The human and property loss was staggering, but the damage to nature was equally hard to fathom....
even a microchipped pet can be lost if your data is out of date

Even a microchipped pet can be lost if your data is out of date

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Picture: "Piper" by Susan Garwood Pets are beloved family members. On July 1st 2018, every state and territory of Australia (excluding the Northern Territory) enacted laws making microchipping cats and dogs compulsory. South Australia was the latest...
illegal hunters are a bigger problem on farms than animal activists – so why aren’t we talking about that?

Illegal hunters are a bigger problem on farms than animal activists – so why...

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Picture: Sipa USA This month, the Victorian government announced on-the-spot fines for trespassers on farms following an upper house inquiry into how animal activism affects agriculture. It’s the latest in a string of new state and federal laws designed...