Tag: animals


GALLERY: Australia’s biggest ever animals

ASIDE FROM THE blue whale, which is thought to be the largest animal that has ever lived, many of today’s creatures are mere pygmies compared with what came before them in Earth’s prehistoric past. Australia’s first human inhabitants would have come face to face with some, such as Diprotodon, Megalania and Thylacoleo.


What’s in a name?

From ’emu’ to ‘cockatoo’, fewer Aussie animal names have their origins in Aboriginal languages than most of us realise – but the trend is shifting.


Saved: Wildlife in Earth’s protected areas

The ‘Saved’ photography competition encouraged people from around the world to submit images of national parks and protected areas, inspiring others to nurture these important natural spaces. The finalists had their images displayed as part of the IUCN World Parks Congress, held in Sydney in November. See some of the images here, and find all of the finalists and winners at www.wpcsaved.com.