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Wildlife conservation is often part of the peacebuilding process, but there is a risk it can make conflicts even worse.
Justin A. Welbergen
We need balanced media reporting about bat-borne diseases to help avoid vilification of Australia's under-appreciated creatures of the night.
A shark is hauled aboard a boat in 2014, during Western Australia’s controversial shark culling trial.
Sea Shepherd Australia
A Senate committee has recommended an end to sharks culls and nets. According to surveys, the public is on board with the idea of ending policies that are lethal to sharks.
At a time of growing human impacts, spending on environmental protection is more important than ever.
Australian government environmental funding has decreased by a third since 2013. At the same time, Australia is experiencing massive species loss as funding for the sector dries up.
Bycatch: penguins can easily drown in nets designed to ensnare fish.
NZ Ministry of Fisheries
Penguins in New Zealand, Australia and elsewhere face an uncertain future as a new review documents the number accidentally ensnared in fishing nets.
An Antarctic icebreaker sails past a penguin. But conservationists are still waiting for their own breakthrough.
John B. Weller
Australia is among nations calling for a 1 million square km marine park off East Antarctica. But Russia and China remain opposed, and a recent summit yet again failed to seal the deal.
Koalas are stressed out by a range of pressures, from habitat loss to dog attacks.
Ever feel so stressed you can't carry on? You're not alone - koalas have a similar problem, and hundreds are being rescued by veterinarians each year.
Land clearing is once again on the rise in Queensland.
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The outgoing Threatened Species Commissioner has downplayed the importance of land clearing as a threat to Australia's plants and animals. But it's the biggest threat, and magnifies the others too.
Australia’s species, like this green python, are remarkable, and need far better protection.
Australia's species, like this green python, are remarkable and need far better protection.
On the prowl in the outback.
Hugh McGregor/Arid Recovery
For the first time, researchers have estimated the toll taken by feral and pet cats on Australia's bird life - and the numbers are high enough to push several species towards extinction.
Scouts should manage human-wildlife conflicts.
Military style anti-poaching is often criticised because it alienates communities living around protected areas. But these initiatives give them an incentive to protect the species.
The price of rare coloured animals like the Golden Wildebeest have fluctuated wildly.
Rare colour variants of hunted African species have been known for a long time. Trophy hunters seeking novelty might pay more to hunt these unusually coloured animals.
Zoos have come along way from their menagerie past. But society is increasingly demanding they become agents of conservation rather than entertainment.
Gene drives aim to deliberately spread bad genes when invasive species such as mice reproduce.
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Releasing just 100 mice carrying a faulty gene designed to stop them reproducing can remove an entire population of 50,000, a new study shows, paving the way for new eradication efforts.
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In defence of 'cryptozoologists': we have a lot to learn from their curiosity and sense of wonder.
Orca family group at the Bremer Canyon off WA’s south coast.
The government aims to dramatically reduce the areas offered full protection and expand zones where fishing is allowed, while also claiming that this will still deliver good conservation.
British army conducts anti-poaching training in Nanyuki, Kenya.
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Protecting rhinos and fighting terrorism are both noble causes, but there isn't much evidence of a link between the two.
This quenda seems to have been a victim of land clearing.
More than 50 million birds, mammals and reptiles are thought to be killed each year in New South Wales and Queensland by the removal of native vegetation, and planning laws are failing to protect them.
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Of the 14 subspecies of brown bear, this is the most endangered.
It can be easier to raise money to aid animals like these African elephants than species that are more threatened with extinction but get humans less excited.
Must the money raised to save wildlife always aid the most popular animals? New research suggests that marketing can persuade donors that northern hairy-nosed wombat lives matter too.