AAP Image/Sea Shepherd Australia
Queensland can no longer cull sharks in protected areas of the Great Barrier Reef, but it’s time to move away from culls, nets and drumlines altogether. There are better ways to keep our beaches safe.
A giant guitarfish caught in West Papua is hung from a fishing boat. Guitarfish are in trouble, according to the IUCN Red List.
Conservation International/Abdy Hasan
An update of the IUCN Red List attempts to map the real extent of global biodiversity loss.
Wollemi pines once covered prehistoric Australia.
Wollemi pines have survived for hundreds of millions of years. Once covering Australia, they now survive in a few isolated spots – but they’re coming back in a big way.
The CSIRO has provided new estimates of population sizes for White Sharks in Australian waters.
How many shark encounters have there been at your local beach? Explore our interactive map to see 20 years of incidents between humans and sharks in coastal waters around Australia.
Aggressive behaviour exhibited by socially dominant Tasmanian devils may predispose them to infection with devil facial tumour disease.
Sebastien Compte/University of Tasmania
It’s the Tasmanian devils that enjoy the highest survival and breeding success who’re more likely to get the fatal facial tumour disease.
The photo that confirms the Night Parrot’s existence in Western Australia.
A Night Parrot snapped in Western Australia confirms the mysterious species survives across Australia, but now the real conservation work begins.
Orange-bellied parrots are one of the species included in the government’s Threatened Species Prospectus.
The government’s charity drive for threatened species shows it’s unwilling to invest what’s needed to prevent extinction.
These orange-bellied parrot chicks are the species’ last chance.
Mark Holdsworth and Friends of the OBP
Researchers are planning to monitor orange-bellied parrot nests all summer to make sure they raise chicks successfully.
There are fewer than a thousand Graveside gorge wattles in Kakadu National Park.
We know very little about Australia’s most threatened plants.
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.
A healthy devil.
New research suggests devils are evolving rapidly in response to their highly lethal transmissible cancer, and that the devils could save themselves.
Snow leopards are just one of the species still threatened by hunting.
Climate change gets a lot of the spotlight when it comes to saving wildlife. But bigger threats remain.
Koalas face many threats, and our conservation efforts are failing them.
Koala image from www.shutterstock.com
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.
Ian Bell/EHP/State of Queensland
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.
AAP Image/Sam Mooy
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.
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.