People transporting gasoline by boat in Indonesia’s Kayan Mentarang National Park.
The world's national parks cover an area bigger than South America. But a new survey finds that one-third of this area is subject to pressure from human developments, potentially putting wildlife at risk.
Eyes in the sky: drone footage is becoming a vital tool for monitoring ecosystems.
Deakin Marine Mapping Group
Ecology is in the midst of a technological revolution. From tiny sensors that can be fitted to animals, to swarms of remotely-piloted drones, researchers have a host of new ways to study the natural world.
Tundra swans, which nest in the Arctic and migrate south in fall, alight at Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina.
The Interior Department is narrowing protection for migratory birds to cover only deliberate harm such as hunting, but not threats like development or pollution that kill millions of birds yearly.
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Rhino resurrection is tempting, but if humans cannot save a species in nature, what future for animals that we manufacture?
The last male Northern white rhino died in February. Two females remain, but extinction seems likely.
We can't save all endangered species, but we could save some. Zoo populations will be the last hope for many threatened species.
Ocelot of trouble.
Three researchers studied the "crop raiders" of the Brazilian rainforest in the hope of aiding both local farmers and wildlife conservation.
The thorny devil, one of Australia’s many remarkable and unique animals.
Most of Australia's plants and animals are found nowhere else on Earth. This remarkable biodiversity requires a bolder, brighter conservation vision.
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.
Biofluorescence makes researching cryptic species such as this Lizardfish easier and less harmful.
Maarten De Brauwer
Much of the world's ocean is teeming with 'cryptic' fish species, which are small and hard to spot. But a new technique shines a light on these fish, which may in turn help to keep our seas healthy.
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To save the orangutans we must both protect their forests and stop any hunting and killing within them.
A Hoatzin keeps a wary eye on ecotourists in the Madre de Dios.
A neoliberal development plan threatens the biological and cultural integrity of Peru's Amazon rainforests.
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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.
AAP Image/Dan Peled
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.