Humans are disrupting predator diets

Predators living near people are getting up to half their food or even more from human sources, US researchers have discovered. This could cause a cascade of problems, from human-carnivore conflict to ultimately upsetting predator-prey interactions, communities and ecosystems, they write in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In the animal kingdom, … Continue reading Humans are disrupting predator diets

Predators, prey and moonlight singing

By Euan Ritchie (Deakin University), Courtney Marneweck (Clemson University) and Grant Linley (Charles Sturt University)  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 how certain behaviours of animals – including potoroos, wallabies and … Continue reading Predators, prey and moonlight singing

Paint eyes on a cow’s butt to stop lion attacks

One might be forgiven for mistaking a field full of livestock with eyes painted on them as some kind of Illuminati petting zoo. In reality, a joint study from UNSW Sydney, Taronga Conservation Society Australia and Botswana Predator Conservation shows that the painted eyes protects livestock from predators in landscapes where they coexist. In a … Continue reading Paint eyes on a cow’s butt to stop lion attacks