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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

Undocumented plant extinctions are a big problem in Australia – here’s why they go unnoticed

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. Jaana Dielenberg

As the dust of the election settles, Australia’s wildlife still needs a pathway for recovery

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. AAP/Brendon Doran

Despite its green image, NZ has world’s highest proportion of species at risk

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. Jeremy Wilson

Trapdoor spider species that stay local put themselves at risk

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.
Human activity threatens many species across Africa’s savannahs. Paul Mulondo/WCS

Guns, snares and bulldozers: new map reveals hotspots for harm to wildlife

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. Judy Dunlop

Dingo dinners: what’s on the menu for Australia’s top predator?

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.
The thorny devil, one of Australia’s many remarkable and unique animals. Euan Ritchie

Australia’s draft ‘Strategy for nature’ doesn’t cut it. Here are nine ways to fix it

Most of Australia's plants and animals are found nowhere else on Earth. This remarkable biodiversity requires a bolder, brighter conservation vision.
Australia’s species, like this green python, are remarkable, and need far better protection. Jenny Martin

Australia’s species need an independent champion

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. Zoos Victoria

Just ten MPs represent more than 600 threatened species in their electorates

Just a handful of federal members of parliament represent hundreds of Australia's threatened species.

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