Knew you were coming: a koala cub on the back of the mother.
We used to think a marsupial mum didn't know when she was pregnant, but new research shows that's wrong. And that could help in conservation of endangered species.
Matchstick banksia (
Banksia cuneate). There are only about 500 of these plants left in the wild at 11 different sites, with much of its habitat having been historically cleared for agriculture.
Andrew Crawford/Threatened Species Hub
A recent global survey found almost 600 plants have gone extinct. And this figure is likely to be an underestimate.
The Darling River near Louth NSW, April 2019, in the midst of a drought compounded by upstream irrigation policies.
In the event, the federal election turned out to be more about the economy than the environment. But there are steps the Coalition government can take to help conservation and boost the economy too.
About 74% of New Zealand’s land birds, including the endemic takahe, are either threatened or at risk of extinction.
The latest update on the environment highlights that New Zealand has the world's highest proportion of indigenous wildlife species either threatened or at risk of extinction.
A palisade trapdoor spider of the new species
E. turrificus walks across the rainforest floor near Maleny, Queensland.
Trapdoor spiders that build unique burrows are found only in small areas of Queensland. But they don't travel very far from their location, and that could put them at risk.
Threatened species live in cities and towns around Australia, including the critically endangered western swamp tortoise.
Elia Purtle, AAP Image/Perth Zoo
The conservation frontline is not just in remote rainforests. It's right in our urban backyard.
Human activity threatens many species across Africa’s savannahs.
New research looked at human impacts on more than 5,000 threatened species and found that a quarter of them have almost nowhere left to go to escape from the threats posed by human development.
The dingo, Australia’s largest mammalian carnivore, has a broad diet that varies across the continent.
A survey of 32,000 samples of dingo droppings and stomach contents reveal that this predator's appetite is as wide-ranging as Australia's landscapes. But medium and large mammals are top of the menu.
Green sea turtle.
Little chunks of plastic are now scattered throughout the oceans and pollute most beaches around the world, including the nesting sites of threatened and endangered sea turtles.
A male hihi on a flowering flax bush.
Inbreeding and male infertility could be impeding the recovery of one of New Zealand's threatened birds - the stitchbird, or hihi. Hihi sperm might hold the answer, and help raise funds for conservation.
A giant swallowtail butterfly feeds from the flower of an alternate-leaved dogwood.
We're in the middle of an Insectageddon. But a garden of native plants can help insects, as well as birds and other wildlife.
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.
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.
The critically endangered Leadbeater’s Possum lives within a single federal electorate. Their local MP has a responsibility to be their voice.
Just a handful of federal members of parliament represent hundreds of Australia's threatened species.
Fish leave bits of DNA behind that researchers can collect.
Mark Stoeckle/Diane Rome Peebles images
Animals shed bits of DNA as they go about their lives. A new study of the Hudson River estuary tracked spring migration of ocean fish by collecting water samples and seeing whose DNA was present when.
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.
Citizen science projects are a way to contribute to science from your own backyard.
From birds to bees, the wildlife in your backyard can tell us important things about the health of our environment.
We should be building wildlife bridges on the US-Mexico border – not walls.
Dingoes are often promoted as a solution to Australia’s species conservation problems.
Dingo image from www.shutterstock.com
The notion of using dingoes to protect Australia's wildlife is based on wolves in the US, but research cast doubts on the link.