It’s well established that unsustainable human activity is damaging the health of the planet. The way we use Earth threatens our future and that of many animals and plants. Species extinction is an inevitable end point.
Working dogs like Bear find it hard to adapt to a normal, domestic life. Luckily, he found a second life as a koala detection dog.
Victor Vescovo meets the Tassie devil, and a snuggle of irresistible baby bandicoots.
On Friday, 1 November 2019, we toasted the achievements of some of Australia’s greatest conservationists and adventurers at the annual Australian Geographic Society Gala Awards night in Sydney, with special guest Victor Vescovo.
The emu is on our coat of arms, yet a population distinct from the inland species – the endangered coastal emu – is in steep decline.
Science & Environment
It’s not unusual for a young PhD student studying the Great Barrier Reef to watch the coral they’d been observing for months bleach in just a single summer.
Without sufficient data, scientists can’t identify population collapses or list insects under national species protection legislation, but a new citizen science project based on butterflies may help.
With bizarre physiology and an equally strange collection of genes, the platypus is like no other animal. But, after more than 120 million years of evolution, could time soon be up for this unique Australian.
A white cat was seen prowling the breeding grounds of a vulnerable seabird. Here’s what happened next.
Tim Faulkner is well known for his passion for Australian wildlife and his conservation work with the Australian Reptile Park. He’s also a highly energetic TV personality who’s trying to save the Tasmanian devil from extinction with the “Devil Ark” protection program. Tassie devils are getting wiped out by an aggressive and infectious cancer, and trying to protect a few of them in an enclosed territory might be the only hope for their survival. Tim also talks about his fascinating life, the start of the Ark program and its huge success, which has led to its extension – using the “Ark” to protect other endangered native species. He also reveals the details of the difficult and labour-intense process of running an anti-venom program – for most of Australia´s venomous spiders and snakes – to save human lives. Tim reckons since the late 1950s the program saved roughly about 20,000 people.
For more info visit https://reptilepark.com.au
Or follow Tim on Instagram @timswildlife
This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Chrissie Goldrick (Editor-in-chief at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com).
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