The aim of the crowdfunding campaign, ‘Operation PKO’ is to build a hundred nesting boxes fitted with a mechanical door that will keep out the birds main predator, the sugar glider.
The rescued pups are a much needed boost to the largetooth sawfish populations.
Recovery measures focused on protecting the flower from the threat of feral goats.
Sharks and Rays Australia has been conducting research surveys across river systems adjacent to Queensland’s Gulf of Carpentaria aiming to find and count sawfish. In Australia, there are four species of sawfish. Three of those are listed as vulnerable and migratory on Australia’s EPBC Act, while the fourth species is listed as migratory. Freshwater (or largetooth) sawfish (Pristis pristis) are critically endangered globally and in Australia they are protected under state legislation in Qld, NT and WA, additional to their EPBC Act listing. Dr Barbara Wueringer, the principal scientist of Sharks And Rays Australia, has been working with sawfish since 2006. As her previous work focused on how sawfish use their saw to both sense and manipulate prey, she finds the practice of amputating a sawfishes saw particularly troubling. The practice is also illegal.
More bad news for the honeyeater whose numbers remain at an abysmal 400.
Only 400 Regent honeyeaters still exists in the wild.
With more and more information available online, in public reports and wildlife atlases, these two researchers from the Australian National University are encouraging other scientists to consider self-censorship to conserve rare and endangered species.
Many endangered species have been re-introduced onto the outback South Australian reserve – but this is the first time one has re-introduced itself.
Resurrecting extinct species is now technically feasible – but does that mean it’s a good idea?