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In the news: April 2020

‘Massive’ funding boost needed to stop animal extinctions

A “massive” funding boost is needed to address the threat of extinction for more than 100 plants and animals that had habitat wiped out in the catastrophic summer bushfires, scientists and conservation groups say.

By Mike Foley, The Sydney Morning Herald. 17 April 2020

Coronavirus cripples wildlife sanctuaries, zoos as staff, volunteers pay for animals’ food

Wildlife sanctuaries, zoos and animal hospitals are being crippled by the coronavirus, with the ban on gatherings robbing them of the funds needed to feed the animals and retain staff.

By George Roberts, ABC News. 16 April 2020

Ending logging in Victoria now would save taxpayers $192m, budget office estimates

The Greens asked officials to calculate the cost of shutting down the native forest timber industry immediately rather than 2030 as planned.

By Adam Morton, Environment editor, The Guardian. 13 April 2020

Jane Goodall says global disregard for nature brought on coronavirus pandemic

Renowned conservationist and activist Dr Jane Goodall is hoping the coronavirus pandemic will be a wake-up call, warning the crisis is a result of human disregard for nature and animals.

By Kirsten Diprose and Matt Neal, ABC South West Vic. 11 April 2020

As yet UNKNOWN virus killing macropods

The Australian Registry of Wildlife Health is asking to be contacted if wildlife rescuers and vets are finding “unexplained cases of acute mortality and oedema” in macropods. Please keep eye out for symptoms, and report to the Australian Registry of Wildlife Health (

By The Bathurst Kangaroo Project, Facebook. 10 April 2020

China’s dogs to be recognised as pets not livestock under coronavirus regulation review

China has drawn up new guidelines to reclassify dogs as pets rather than livestock …

Though dog meat remains a delicacy in many regions, the ministry said dogs would no longer be considered livestock.

By ABC News. 10 April 2020

Dingoes divide scientists and farmers over ecological importance

Some of NSW’s top scientists and farmers are at odds when it comes to the importance of dingoes to the state’s landscape.

By Giselle Wakatama, ABC Newcastle. 9 April 2020

Coronavirus is the biggest global science policy failure in a generation

The warnings of doctors and scientists were ignored, with fatal results.

By Richard Horton, The Guardian. 9 April 2020

Video: Young wombats

… can be very playful! Thank you Sammy’s Mob and all the carers.

Wombat Awareness Organisation, Facebook. 3 April 2020

Australia’s killing ways

“The birds that were released in 1902 apparently didn’t take, they didn’t survive very long,” he told Chris Wisbey on ABC Radio Hobart. “In 1906 there were birds released in places like Epping …

By Carol Rääbus, ABC Radio Hobart. (Archive 25 Jan 2018)


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In the news: March 2020

State MPs dismayed at NSW Forestry logging unburnt habitat after bushfires

Endangered species have lost up to 82% of their habitat but Environment Protection Authority says logging of unburnt forest is legal

By Lisa Cox, The Guardian. 15 March 2020

Man admits to his involvement in running down 21 kangaroos on NSW Far South Coast

A man charged with torturing and causing the death of kangaroos last September has changed his plea to guilty.

By Adrianne Reardon, ABC South East NSW. 11 March 2020

Christmas Island robber crab suspected of nicking expensive camera in late-night burglary

It seems Christmas Island’s notorious robber crabs have truly earned their name after a suspected late-night burglary on the remote territory.

By Rebecca Parish, ABC Pilbara. 11 March 2020

Australia’s extraordinary and vulnerable animals, in pictures

Pre-eminent Australian wildlife photographer Doug Gimesy has dedicated his career to the protection and conservation of some of the country’s most vulnerable species.

The Guardian. 8 March 2020

Bush tucker specialist replants food for native animals after bushfires — before rebuilding his home and business

After a bush fire destroyed Nura Gunyu, an Aboriginal education and cultural teaching property in Milton, NSW, its owners and community members are passionately replanting before rebuilding, ensuring a source of food for native fauna to return to.

By Sarah Moss, ABC Illawarra. 6 March 2020

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How the bushmeat trade brought us Corona Virus


THE FOLLOWING LINKED article from the Sydney Morning Herald ‘Explainer’ series (very comprehensive reporting), explains how the eating of wildlife is introducing novel pathogens into human populations. With the latest corona virus, that is putting the globe into pandemic lockdown, it was possibly via bats or Pangolin victims sold at Chinese ‘wet markets’.

But from apes and monkey bushmeat sold in Africa and linked to Ebola, to the Australian commercial and government-sanctioned push for humans and their pets to eat kangaroos slaughtered in unsanitary field situations, the risk posed by bushmeat is great.

The article also lays out in great detail the worldwide criminal exploitation of wildlife for profit, a trade that is now right behind guns, drugs and human trafficking in profit for criminal gangs.

How does an epidemic spread and what does the wildlife trade have to do with it?
It’s worth billions of dollars to organised crime — after guns, drugs and human trafficking. But why is the illegal wildlife trade at the centre of the coronavirus epidemic?
By Sherryn Groch, The Sydney Morning Herald. 25 February 2020


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In the news: February 2020

Communities helping post-fire wildlife while government fiddles

Starving, parched Australian wildlife on the NSW south coast are receiving bushfire relief of their own, with water stations being laid out and food dropped in burnt bushland.

By Jessica Clifford, ABC News. 2 February 2020



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In the news: January 2020

Our first peoples already have a blueprint to remake the fire-ravaged land, it’s in our country’s bones

Amid calls for more clearing and burning, what we desperately need is a vision for our environment.

By Jack Pascoe, The Guardian. 21 January 2020

Koalas drinking from human hands is not normal

I am a beef cattle farmer from near Inverell in north-western NSW. My farmhouse is near a creek line and I’ve always been lucky enough to have koalas.

… Last week my husband and I found a male koala in the yard, sitting at the base of the tree. He wouldn’t move, not when I walked up and not when I set a pot of water next to him. In the end I had to raise the pot to his head and finally he moved, leaning down to drink.

By Libby Swan (a personal account), The Sydney Morning Herald. 21 January 2020

I tried to warn Scott Morrison about the bushfire disaster. Adapting to climate change isn’t enough.

I just returned from another round of fighting fires. It was devastating to see the outcome of appalling leadership from Canberra.

By Greg Mullins, The Guardian. 20 January 2020
(Greg Mullins is a former commissioner of Fire and Rescue NSW and a climate councillor.)

Inside the race to protect 250 threatened species hit by bushfire

Ecologists have calculated that at least 6 million hectares of habitat that is home to at least 250 different threatened species has now gone up in smoke.

Twenty-five of these species are listed as critically endangered — in other words, on the brink of extinction in the wild.

By the ABC’s National Regional Reporting Team’s Ben Deacon and Rachel Carbonell. 20 January 2020

Animal rescue teams on Kangaroo Island are finding koalas ‘totally shut down’ in fire aftermath

It was a scene that broke the hearts of a small animal rescue team on Kangaroo Island — an injured koala sitting nearby a furry friend who did not survive in the aftermath of the bushfires.

The moment was captured by the Humane Society International (HSI), which has been scouring the charred Flinders Chase National Park and timber plantations for survivors of the deadly bushfires.

By Meagan Dillon, ABC News. 17 January 2020

Versace bans kangaroo skin after pressure from activists

The Italian fashion house Versace has banned the use of kangaroo skin for its luxury leather products collection. The move follows pressure from the animal rights’ group LAV, which said more than 2.3 million kangaroos in Australia were killed each year for commercial purposes.

Versace did not comment but gave LAV permission to make an announcement.

By Angela Giuffrida (in Rome), The Guardian. 16 January 2020

RSPCA wildlife rescues after Kangaroo Island bushfires, told through photos

Yesterday, our first RSPCA South Australia team returned from a tough few days on Kangaroo Island treating fire-affected animals.

The team of three — veterinarian Gayle, inspector Cheryl and animal handler Cher — spent four days assessing and caring for wildlife in fire-devastated areas of the island before our second team arrived.

By RSPCA South Australia. 14 January 2020

WOW! Wildlife watering group makes a splash

A simple idea to place containers of water in Canberra neighbourhoods or reserves to aid thirsty wildlife during the drought has received a flood of support.

In just three weeks, Water Our Wildlife, started by Anna Reimondos of Weston and her friends Claire Stewart, Michele Woods and Alexandra Craig, has swollen to more than 4000 members via their Facebook page, with more than 500 watering stations established across the ACT.

By Ian Bushnell, Riot ACT! 12 January 2020

Kangaroos aren’t shoes

The horror of the Australian fires should spark a movement to help shoe companies rid their supply chains of kangaroo skins

The wildfires sweeping the grasslands and climbing the trees in Australia are not just hurting “the continent.” They are charring the plants and burning up the animals. It’s a frightening and apocalyptic scene, vividly dramatizing that forest fires that are typically regenerative to ecosystems have in this case morphed into a life-denying, runaway infernos.

By Wayne Pacella, Animal Wellness Action (US). 10 January 2020

Orphaned baby bats wrapped with love

Thousands of baby animals left orphaned by Australia’s bushfires are in need of constant care.

Volunteers around the world have been helping by knitting and sewing special pouches and wraps. They are collected by animal rescue organisations which then distribute them to carers.


Video by Tessa Wong and Andreas Illmer. Additional footage by Judith Hopper. BBC News. 9 January 2020

Animals have an astounding response to bushfire. These are the tricks they use to survive.

Have you ever wondered how our native wildlife manage to stay alive when an inferno is ripping through their homes, and afterwards when there is little to eat and nowhere to hide? The answer is adaptation and old-fashioned ingenuity.

Australia’s bushfire season is far from over, and the cost to wildlife has been epic.

By Dale Nimmo, The Conversation. 8 January 2020

Scorched earth: the bushfire devastation on Kangaroo Island — in pictures

The once pristine environment of Kangaroo Island, including the Flinders Chase national park, is now a barren burned land after the weekend’s fires. Ecologists have grave fears for the future of many species, and for some the island is their only known habitat. (Warning: graphic content of dead animals)

Photographs by David Mariuz/AAP. The Guardian. 8 January 2020

Koalas are the face of Australian tourism.

What now after the fires?

By Kevin Markwell, The Conversation. 7 January 2020

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