Nearly 4000 species of reptile – a third of those known – are being traded online with very little international regulation, contributing to the “ever-widening biodiversity crisis”, according to a new study in the journal Nature Communications. A whopping 90% of traded reptile species and half the total number of individuals are captured from the … Continue reading Reptiles threatened by online trade
It’s 84 years since the last known Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus), died at Beaumaris Zoo, Hobart. Locked out of its sleeping quarters by its keepers, it died in its cage, alone, as temperatures plummeted overnight. In 1996, on the 60th anniversary of this inauspicious date, 7 September was declared National Threatened Species Day … Continue reading Tim Jarvis on Human-wildlife conflict
In the wake of an apocalyptic bushfire season, Australia’s land management and environmental policies have been thrust back into the spotlight. With conversations around how we could better manage our land, and our environmental impact heating up, there’s a suggestion we could learn some lessons from an unlikely country: China. While the world’s most populous … Continue reading China’s approach to conservation
Whether it’s plastic pollution, climate change or endangered species conservation, there’s a growing tsunami of scientific data out there – how do researchers wade through it to fill gaps, learn from failures and build on successes? Faced with this conundrum when wanting to restore sea otters to wild habitats, US wildlife biologists turned to artificial … Continue reading Wildlife conservation is getting better
It’s well adapted to its environment but still at risk, research shows.
Researchers are taking the mountain pygmy-possum out of the mountains.
Advanced techniques to identify inbreeding could inform conservation efforts. Natalie Parletta reports.
and North America wolf populations are growing, pushing the animals into
contact with humans – often to their detriment. Lauren Fuge reports.
Detailed overview identifies the benefits and challenges of letting nature take its course. Lauren Fuge reports.
Charismatic animals such as tigers and elephants are endangered and their popularity itself may be making the situation worse. Tanya Loos reports.
The Australian Museum has launched FrogID, an app designed to help save Australia’s frog population from extinction.
Zoo Twilights is back this Summer at Melbourne Zoo, with all proceeds going towards efforts to bring back the Eastern Barred Bandicoot from extinction.