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Environment

Turtles v goannas: Conservationists help hard-shells

Researchers are working to protect the nests of endangered loggerhead turtles.

CAMERON ATFIELD 12:00am A trial to make turtle nests goanna-proof has saved an estimated 1200 eggs in central Queensland.

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Now seal here: playful marine mammal journeys 14km from Port Phillip Bay to Yarra River

Seal in Yarra River, South Yarra.

CAROLINE ZIELINSKI A seal has swum all the way along the Yarra River from Port Phillip Bay, playing and catching two big fish before ending up in South Yarra.

Dogs feel jealous of rival pets, study finds

Pick me! The study suggested a basic instinct in dogs to express displeasure when a rival is seen receiving attention.

Rachel Feltman Your dog wants all of your attention (and it's never enough!) but can your pooch feel jealousy?

Climate scientists have a real beef with beef

Cattle and climate change under scrutiny.

Geoffrey Mohan If you want to slow climate change, white meat may be the right meat, according to two studies that tally the environmental effect of the beef industry.

Possum a 'polar bear' of climate change

White lemuroid ringtail possum.

A rare Australian possum is being dubbed the new polar bear of climate change.

Sheep 'abuse' prompts RSPCA inquiry

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Wool producers are "shocked and appalled" by graphic footage allegedly showing Australian shearers beating, kicking and stomping on sheep.

Sci-tech

Good vibrations: plants respond to sound of caterpillars chewing

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MICHAEL KOZIOL Plants are smarter than you think. Not only do they grow towards sunlight and respond to rock music, but they can also learn from sounds in their natural environment, new research reports.

Baby elephants captured, mistreated, to supply Thailand's tourism industry

An elephant, purported to  have come from Myanmar, confiscated from the illegal trade in Thailand,.

LINDSAY MURDOCH Baby elephants are being illegally captured in horrific conditions to supply Thailand’s lucrative tourism industry, prompting calls for Thai authorities to tighten animal trafficking laws.

'Curiosity': the cat-killing bait to protect native species

Proponents say curiosity can reduce feral cat numbers by 80 per cent.

Tom Arup and Nicky Phillips A lethal bait called "curiosity" designed to kill feral cats will be the initial focus of a new national commissioner to save threatened species.

Do you discriminate against black dogs?

Wanted less than other dogs? A black labrador retriever looks on.

Katy Waldman Just when you were hoping there were no new ways to be racist, it turns out people may be racist against dogs. Black Dog Syndrome is the name shelter workers have given to the tendency of dark-furred pups to languish in kennels while their lighter-furred brethren get adopted.

Chimpanzees show the first non-human trend

Julie, the trend-setting chimp.

ROSE POWELL Humans were the only creatures who have trends just for the fun of it. Until now.

Leadbeater's possum death fuels survival fears

Leadbeater Possum

BRIDIE SMITH Conservation scientists have expressed concern over the genetic health of the last population of lowland Leadbeater's possums, after a fatally diseased possum arrived at Healesville Sanctuary from the wild and died. It's the third consecutive year that a wild animal, selected because of its apparent health and value to the captive breeding program, has died.

World's Ugliest Dog: Peanut takes the biscuit

Peanut

It’s that time of year again when dogs with unusually large heads, hairless bodies and other oddities compete to be the World’s Ugliest Dog.

Invisible frogs a reality, Melbourne researchers say

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It sounds like it belongs in a mystical novel, but frog invisibility is very real.

Fears proposed land clearing changes put threatened species at risk

black Cockatoo

NICOLE HASHAM Environmental laws that protect threatened species and limit how farmers clear native bush will be rewritten, prompting fears from conservationists that vulnerable plants and animals are under attack.

TAMS expects more vandalism during the kangaroo cull season

Graffiti: An anarchy symbol was painted on at least one of the vehicles.

HENRY BELOT The Animal Defenders Office, the community legal centre that represented Animal Liberation ACT’s unsuccessful challenge of the kangaroo cull in the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal, has declined to condemn the vandalism at the Parks and Conservation depot on Tuesday.

Vandals hit Parks and Conservation depot to protest kangaroo cull

Vandals smash car windows and slash tyres at the Parks and Conservation depot,

HENRY BELOT Vandals left a note calling for an end to the kangaroo cull when they slashed tyres and broke the windscreens of 10 cars at a government depot in Farrer.

Animal cruelty activists targeted by tough new biosecurity measures

Funeral.Bowral.May 9th,2014.Photo.Sahlan Hayes.SMH News.Mourners arrive at the funeral of Paul Ramsay at St Thomas Aquinas Church, Bowral today.Barnaby Joyce.

NICOLE HASHAM Activists who break into farms to secretly film suspected animal cruelty are being targeted by tough new biosecurity measures, triggering fears severe abuse will remain hidden.

Feral pigs' appetite for mayhem turns properties into sties

Feral pigs

COLIN COSIER They aren't quite flying, but feral pigs are crossing major roads and even swimming through rivers as they invade Sydney's suburbs.

Anglers warned to look out for illegal yabby traps in ACT waterways

Illegal yabby traps pose a deathly risk to native wildlife, such as platypus.

MEGAN GORREY Canberra anglers have been urged to look out for illegal yabby traps which have been spotted in territory tackle shops, and pose a serious threat to native wildlife.

Best flock to the Royal Canberra National Poultry Show

Chickens at the Royal Canberra National Poultry Show.

JULIEANNE STRACHAN From covered in feathers to seemingly covered in fluff, the varied and sometimes surprising-looking members of the poultry world flocked to EPIC yesterday with the aim of being judged best in show.

Winter's here but don't dust off the coat yet

Autumn leaves across Sydney.
28th May 2014.
Photo: Steven Siewert

PETER HANNAM Snakes alive, it's been a warm autumn. Winter, too, which starts on Sunday, will be off to a mild if soggy start.

Jane Goodall asks politicians: Do you really not care about the future of your great-grandchildren?

Jane Goodall at the Taronga Zoo, Sydney.
30th May 2014
Photo: Janie Barrett

Tim Barlass One of the most eminent conservationists in the world has condemned Australia for its lack of response to climate change and said the country ''needs a wake-up call''.

Little penguins at National Zoo and Aquarium killed by a fox

Little penguin (file photo).

Ben Westcott and Henry Belot A fox has killed a number of the popular Little Penguins at the National Zoo and Aquarium.

Canberra kangaroo cull kept on hold

Greens Minister Shane Rattenbury and his NSW party mates have clashed over the ACT government's kangaroo cull.

TOM MCILROY More than 1600 kangaroos in ACT nature reserves have won a further stay of execution until at least next week.

Pet of the week: Friendly nature will win hearts

Keeping an ear out: Barney loves playing games.

Barney, a seven-month-old mixed breed, is already a big boy and he's still got some growing to do. However, this gentle giant has a big heart and with his friendly nature and gorgeous attitude towards life, he's very good at stealing the hearts of the people he meets too.

Egg producers sought to cull chickens and destroy eggs in bid to raise prices: ACCC

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ESTHER HAN Australian egg farmers planned to kill millions of hens prematurely and bury their eggs as part of an industry-wide strategy to boost their profits, the Federal Court has been told.

Songbirds can learn human speech patterns: study

Zebra finch

Songbirds can be trained to understand non-language aspects of human speech, a study has found.

Climate change: record-breaking run of warm May days have dog groomers in a tizz

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PETER HANNAM These are dog days for Sydney's pet groomers, with the record autumn heat keeping salons running at a busy clip.

Digital detection system aims to save swimmers - and sharks

A tiger shark in the documentary Do or Die.

PETER HANNAM Shark nets and aerial searches to protect the nation's beachgoers may become costly relics of the past if digital technology able to detect the potentially menacing creatures succeeds.

Features

Soothing the gentle beast

Dog yoga or doga aims to help dogs find their inner peace.

Feeding time

When a chimp feeds milk to a tiger cub.

Nothing biblical in factory farming

Something has gone badly wrong in relations between human beings and other animals.

What is free range?

Organic, free range, organic free range, green, eco. Confused?

Eating Animals

Jonathan Safran Foer writes of the effect of our appetite on those lower down the food chain.

PM employs ratter

British PM enlists stray tabby to help control a rat problem.

Cat burglar

Dusty has apparently stolen more than 600 items over the years.

Roaming ducks

Ducks often get lost in search of food and end up on roads.

Leopard under the knife

Kamala, a snow leopard at Taronga Zoo, has an operation to fix her arthritic knee.

Animal CSI

Veterinary forensic science seminars teach crime scene processing procedures to prosecute crimes against animals.

Smoking chimp's cure

Animal rights workers discover chimp smoking cigarettes at a zoo.

Lively cubs get check-up

Melbourne Zoo’s Sumatran tiger cubs take their first steps into the wide world.

Taronga's baby elephant

Sydney has a new addition to its elephant herd.

Melbourne's baby jumbo

A look back at the first few days in the life of Melbourne Zoo's baby elephant, now named Mali.

Mr Shuffles walks

Newborn male Asian elephant wows Sydney.

Live cattle trade

Animals Australia has uncovered terrible cruelty in Indonesian abattoirs. Here is our record of events.

Dogs too cute for their own good

What to do with unwanted pets is a major issue. See our special index.

Freaks of Nature

In recent years, there's been a marked increase in cases of animals with genetic mutations.