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Wildlife news

May 16, 2018

Some tropical frogs may be developing resistance to a deadly fungal disease – but now salamanders are at risk

My office is filled with colorful images of frogs, toads and salamanders from around the world, some of which I have collected over 40 years as […]
May 13, 2018

Is that selfie really worth it? Why face time with wild animals is a bad idea

The phenomenon of kangaroo selfies hit the headlines earlier this month, when several tourists were injured while feeding wild kangaroos in Lake Macquarie, north of Sydney. […]
May 11, 2018

Borneo’s bearded pig, gardener of forests and protector of their inhabitants

Borneo – fourth-largest island in the world, home to more than 20 million people – has always aroused the fascination of explorers. The island is dense […]
May 2, 2018

Could bats guide humans to clean drinking water in places where it’s scarce?

Desert life depends on reliable access to water. In Namibia’s stark Namib Desert, where I spent 18 months doing research for my Ph.D., wildlife concentrates around […]
May 1, 2018

Planet Earth II Live unites art and science in a celebration of nature

Following an epic and determined journey by an amorous male pygymy three-toed sloth, witnessing golden eagles duel over a fox carcass against a backdrop of majestic […]
April 25, 2018

Beaches are becoming safer for baby sea turtles, but threats await them in the ocean

On beaches from North Carolina to Texas and throughout the wider Caribbean, one of nature’s great seasonal events is underway. Adult female sea turtles are crawling […]
April 19, 2018

On the hunt for science in ‘science-based’ hunts

For years, British Columbia’s wildlife management practices, especially its wolf cull and grizzly bear hunt, have been controversial. In 2015, then-Premier Christy Clark defended the province’s […]

Conservation news

March 15, 2018

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

Australia arguably has the worst conservation record of any wealthy and politically stable nation. Since European arrival roughly 230 years ago, 50 animal and 60 plant […]
March 12, 2018

Yes, kangaroos are endangered – but not the species you think

Do you know what kind of animal the mala, nabarlek, or boodie is? What about the monjon, northern bettong, or Gilbert’s potoroo? If you answered that […]
February 20, 2018

Now you see us: how casting an eerie glow on fish can help count and conserve them

News stories about fish often focus either on large fish like sharks, or on tasty seafood. So it might come as a surprise that more than […]
February 15, 2018

We surveyed Borneo’s orangutans and found 100,000 had ‘disappeared’

“The Big House”, home to the University of Michigan’s American football team, is one of the world’s largest stadiums. Here’s what it looks like when packed […]
January 29, 2018

Peru ends era of ‘roadless wilderness’ in its Amazon rainforests

Biodiversity reaches its zenith in south-east Peru. This vast wilderness of 2m square km of rainforests and savannahs is formed of the headwaters of three major […]
January 16, 2018

Animals are victims of human conflict, so can conservation help build peace in warzones?

More than 70% of Africa’s national parks have been affected by war in recent decades, and wildlife has suffered as a result. That’s according to a […]
December 21, 2017

Why we shouldn’t be so quick to demonise bats

Australian health authorities regularly issue public reminders not to touch bats because they can host Australian Bat Lyssavirus (ABLV). This type of health education is necessary […]

Endangered species

July 18, 2018

The case for introducing rhinos to Australia

Rhinos in Australia might seem like an insane proposition – after all, we’ve had historically bad luck with introduced species. But on reflection it’s not quite […]
July 2, 2018

Koalas sniff out juicy leaves and break down eucalypt toxins – it’s in their genome

News is out today that the entire genome of the koala has been sequenced. This means we now have a complete read-out of the genes and […]
June 15, 2018

Wollemi pines are dinosaur trees

Welcome to Beating Around the Bush, a series that profiles native plants. Read more about the series here or get in touch to pitch a plant […]
May 31, 2018

The sage grouse isn’t just a bird – it’s a proxy for control of Western lands

The Trump administration is clashing with conservation groups and others over protection for the greater sage grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus), a bird widely known for its dramatic […]
May 22, 2018

Beyond honey bees: Wild bees are also key pollinators, and some species are disappearing

Declines in bee populations around the world have been widely reported over the past several decades. Much attention has focused on honey bees, which commercial beekeepers […]
May 3, 2018

China-backed Sumatran dam threatens the rarest ape in the world

The plan to build a massive hydropower dam in Sumatra as part of China’s immense Belt and Road Initiative threatens the habitat of the rarest ape […]
April 22, 2018

Helping farmers and reducing car crashes: the surprising benefits of predators

Humans may be Earth’s apex predator, but the fleeting shadow of a vulture or the glimpse of a big cat can cause instinctive fear and disdain. […]