Category: Wildlife

Wildlife

Gallery: Christmas Island red crab migration

Each year, up to about 120 million red crabs (Gecarcoidea natalis) scuttle to the sea from the forest across Christmas Island in an effort to mate. It is a commute which overwhelms the island – the 135sq.km Australian-owned island, located in the Indian Ocean 2600km northwest of Perth, has just over 2000 human inhabitants.

Wildlife

Gallery: Tolga Bat Hospital

The Tolga Bat Hospital has grown in a sprawling fashion from what was once simply Jenny Maclean’s brick home. In the mid-1980s, a localised problem of bats coming into contact with native paralysis ticks was noticed on the Atherton Tablelands, 50km south-west of Cairns. Jenny’s team of volunteers deals with about 1200 affected flying-foxes each year. Read the full story in Australian Geographic magazine #120.