Koalas spend a large part of the day sleeping - while their digestive enzymes get to work.
The koala genome, published today, gives us new and valuable information to aid conservation of this marsupial. It identifies special genes that evolved to adapt the koala to its unique lifestyle.
Most Australian kangaroo species, such as the bettong, are largely out of sight and out of mind.
A new documentary makes some controversial claims about the health of kangaroo populations. But the real threat is not to Australia's iconic kangaroos -- it's to dozens of other, obscure species.
Gone since 1936, and ailing since long before that.
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
The new Tasmanian tiger genome reveals some fascinating facts about this extinct marsupial, including why they were so similar to dogs, and how they were growing more vulnerable to genetic disease.
An artist’s impression of the
Wakaleo schouteni marsupial ‘lion’ challenging a thylacine over the carcass of a kangaroo in the early Miocene rainforest of Riversleigh.
'Marsupial lions' aren't really lions - but they did have teeth that formed a pair of secateur-like blades. The newly found species lived in forests of Queensland around 20 million years ago.
An impression of what it could have looked like: a giant lizard, Megalania, stalks a herd of migrating Diprotodon, while a pair of massive megafaunal kangaroos look on.
Studies of the fossil teeth of the three-tonne Diprotodon have revealed the now-extinct beast was Australia's only known seasonally migrating marsupial.
She must have had a successful pregnancy.
A new evolutionary perspective on what's been a medical paradox: Why does the body use inflammation to regulate aspects of pregnancy when inflammation is also a big threat to pregnancy?
Eastern quolls face an uphill battle to recover after climate change drove wild populations closer to extinction.
Half of Tasmania's eastern quolls – Australia's last population – have disappeared in the past 10 years.
Dead river red gums line a dry creek west of Mildura.
We'll have to get our priorities in order to protect Australia's wildlife.
The common brushtail possum has made itself well at home in Australia’s cities.
Possum image from www.shutterstock.com
Grunting, growling, hissing, screeching: if your home is making these noises, you probably have possums.
The numbat, Australia’s equivalent of a meerkat, is one of the unique mammal species confined to the south west.
Sean Van Alphen
South west Australia is home to an astonishing number of plants and some of the country's weirdest wildlife. Now we need to protect it.
What’s hiding in your garden this summer?
Have a look in your garden - you might be surprised at some of the native animals that thrive there when the weather's hot.
Wombat mange is a debilitating disease that can lead to blindness and death.
Wombats are suffering from mange, a deadly skin condition that threatens to wipe out some local populations. Frustratingly little is known about the problem, so we need a national plan to tackle it.
This furry critter could help save plenty of others, if given the chance.
Chen Wu/Flickr/Wikimedia Commons
If we brought devils back to the mainland, they could play a similar role to dingoes - keeping foxes and cats under control and potentially boosting the conservation prospects of Australia's small mammals.
How many kangaroos is too many?
Each year rangers in the Australian Capital Territory cull kangaroos as part of the territory’s Kangaroo Management Plan. This year they killed a few over 1,500 kangaroos. Even though millions of kangaroos…
Logging has left Victoria’s mountain ash forests in danger of collapse.
Whoever wins power in Victoria’s election tomorrow will no doubt have a long to-do list. Here’s an urgent item: protect the mountain ash forests of the state’s Central Highlands. We have discovered that…
Poisoning dingos - Australia’s top predator - is actually decreasing numbers of small native mammals such as bandicoots and…
An innovative breeding technique could help bring Australia’s endangered kangaroos and wallabies back from the brink of extinction…
After mating, all male
Antechinus die … but why?
Imagine if you only had one shot at passing on your genes before you died. It happens more often in the natural world than you might expect: suicidal reproduction - where one or both sexes of a species…
Palaeontologists from the University of New South Wales have discovered an extinct species of koala that lived in northern…
Caught on camera: a rare remote image of a wombat coming out its burrow in the evening.
Qld Dept. of Environment and Heritage Protection.
Bringing a species back from the brink of extinction is never easy. Typically, it takes long-term commitment, amounting to lifetimes of hard work by dedicated scientists, managers and supporters. That…