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.
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.
Scientists are working hard to ensure the red handfish has a future. They hope a new captive-rearing program is the answer.
Sharks are evolutionary champions, but 19 million years ago they were mysteriously pushed to the brink, and humans may be repeating history.
New research shows cauliflower soft coral may become extinct in the next decade unless we urgently protect and restore it.
Scientists have identified the top 26 Australian butterfly species and subspecies at greatest risk of extinction.
Bird song is passed from one generation to the next, but what happens when a bird is on the brink of extinction?