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News

Love sandalwood? It’s facing extinction. Here’s why.

The sweet, earthy fragrance of sandalwood oil has made it immensely popular in incense sticks, candles and perfumes. But its beautiful scent may also be its downfall – Australian sandalwood (Santalum spicatum) is facing extinction in the wild.

Science & Environment

The plight of the numbat

Extinction came close twice late last century for Western Australia’s faunal emblem, the numbat. Now this still endangered and enchanting little marsupial is slowly making a comeback, even to parts of eastern Australia where it hasn’t been seen for many decades.