Koalas face many threats, and our conservation efforts are failing them.
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Koalas are under threat from a range of factors, from urban expansion to climate change. Unfortunately there is no quick fix, and it may be that not all populations can be saved.
The Bramble Cay Melomys is arguably the first mammal driven extinct by climate change, rather than direct human interaction.
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Australia’s conservation laws presume that we can preserve everything in its natural state. But in a changing world, we'll have to be more flexible than that.
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 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.
Extreme fire events are pushing Australian wildlife towards extinction.
Recent bushfires have not just destroyed human lives and property, but pushed some species further down the path to extinction.
Fragments of woodland surrounded by cleared land in south west Australia.
Australia may have reputation for vast areas of wilderness, but in reality the continent's ecosystems have been chopped and diced. Now we need to protect what's left.
It’s high time we gave Australian wildlife a helping hand.
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A 21st century government would put the environment on at least an equal footing with the economy. That means no more extinctions, and no more putting ourselves before wildlife or future generations.
This furry critter could help save plenty of others, if given the chance.
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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.
There’s nothing feral about this Australian wildcat.
Photograph by Angus Emmott
There's been a lot of talk about killing feral cats, with the government's recently announced war on cats, with a goal to kill two million by 2020. But let's embrace cats as part of Australia's environment.
Feral cats are thought to be responsible for the decline of many Australian species.
Feral cats are highly adaptable and highly variable, hence we must continue to search for their Achilles Heel and invest in a wide range of control methods.
The critically endangered Leadbeater’s Possums is just one of Australia’s animals threatened by habitat loss.
Three recent reports make clear that we should be saving habitat in order to save species. It is pretty simple. Destroy a species' habitat and you destroy its home.
There are fewer than 50 Orange-bellied Parrots left in the wild.
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After falling victim to disease, there seems to be little hope left for Australia's most endangered parrot.
The Mountain Pygmy Possum, which is the only Australian mammal confined to the alpine zone of Australian Alps. is extremely vulnerable to climate change.
Nearly half of 200 Australian species are threatened by climate change, according to new research, including the iconic mountain pygmy-possum.
Leadbeater’s possum needs more than a ‘set and forget’ approach to conserving the forests where it lives.
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A large new national park might sound like the best way to protect the critically endangered Leadbeater's possum. But it won't do anything to save possums from the major threat of bushfire.
Leadbeater’s Possum is dependent on large, old trees that produce hollows for its survival.
The Leadbeater's has been formally listed as critically endangered. But unless clearfelling in the possums' stronghold stops, it will continue down the road of extinction.
Swift parrots migrate to Tasmania and breed in the richest patches of flowering trees.
New research shows Tasmania's swift parrots could be extinct in less than 20 years
Could Tiger Quolls replace pet cats?
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Senator David Leyonhjelm has proposed keeping native animals as pets as conservation. But that would do effectively nothing for wildlife in the wild.
Feral cats eat tens of millions of native animals in Australia every night.
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The Bramble Cay melomys - the latest in a long line of extinct Australian mammals.
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Island getaway: Tasmanian Devils have been moved to offshore islands to save them from a devastating disease.
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Australia is in the grip of an extinction crisis. Our unique animals, plants, and ecosystems are rapidly ebbing away in a process that began more than 200 years ago with European settlement. Feral cats…