to fix australia’s environment laws, wildlife experts call for these 4 changes — all are crucial

To fix Australia’s environment laws, wildlife experts call for these 4 changes — all...

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 Picture: Shuttlestock The independent review of Australia’s main environment law, released last week, provided a sobering but accurate appraisal of a dire situation. The review was led by Professor Graeme Samuel and involved consultation with scientists, legal experts,...
how to help dogs and cats manage separation anxiety when their humans return to work

How to help dogs and cats manage separation anxiety when their humans return to...

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 Pets can develop separation anxiety when their people are suddenly gone When one of my co-workers found out about a tiny, orphaned kitten that needed a home a few months ago, he didn’t hesitate to...
protect your dog from this new deadly disease outbreak. we still don’t know how it got here

Protect your dog from this new deadly disease outbreak. We still don’t know how...

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 Picture: Shuttlestock While we continue to be occupied with the COVID pandemic, another life-threatening disease has emerged in northern Australia, one that’s cause for considerable alarm for the millions of dog owners around the country. This...
10 million animals are hit on our roads each year. here’s how you can help them (and steer clear of them) these holidays

10 million animals are hit on our roads each year. Here’s how you can...

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 This is Noojee, a joey koala who was rehabilitated in Healesville Sanctuary after being hit by a car. Healesville Sanctuary, Author provided Last month I came across a heartbreaking sight: a group of people standing around...
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...