Steve Jacobs

Steve Jacobs

Steve Jacobs is a senior journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun-Herald and He is also an author and a lawyer.

California keeps ban on importing kangaroo products despite Australian lobbying

Steve Jacobs An attempt by the Australian government and kangaroo industry to have California repeal its ban on the trade in kangaroo skins and meat has failed.

Taronga Zoo greets gorilla baby while courts decide if great apes should be free

Born into controversy: Taronga's new gorilla baby.

Steve Jacobs As Taronga Zoo celebrates another gorilla birth, animal rights groups in the Americas are trying to persuade courts to free great apes from captivity.

The 30-year fight for chimps' rights

Lifelong campaign: Nonhuman Rights Project president Steven Wise talks during the 2015  Animal Law Lecture Series.

Steve Jacobs Steven Wise has spent much of his life trying to convince a sceptical world that chimpanzees should have legal rights, such as the right to be free.

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Mum and Julio high up in the squirrel monkey 'schoolyard' at Taronga Zoo

Baby squirrel monkey Julio with Mum Lena.

Steve Jacobs Looking almost human, Julio holds on to his mum, Lena, for dear life as she leaps from branch to branch.

Ghost bat pup born into Taronga Zoo's night sky

Ghost bat pup

Steve Jacobs Taronga Zoo is celebrating its first successful birth of a ghost bat pup in 15 years.

Bond University wins Australia's first animal law moot

Professor Nick James, acting Executive Dean of the Bond University Faculty of Law speaking at the opening ceremony.

Steve Jacobs Bond University on the Gold Coast has won the country's first animal law moot, organised by animal protection institute Voiceless.

Happy tidings at Taronga Zoo for gorillas threatened by mobile phones and Ebola

Mbeli nurses her newborn, Mjukuu, at Taronga Zoo.

Steve Jacobs The birth of a tiny male gorilla at Taronga Zoo is good news for his embattled species, which struggling against Ebola and the loss of habitat from illegal mining for a mineral used in mobile phones.

Sydney weather: thunderstorm rages through city


Alexandra Back, Melanie Kembrey, Tom Decent, Jake Saulwick, Steve Jacobs An epic storm raged across Sydney on Tuesday night, trapping people in their cars, closing major roads and bringing snow to the Blue Mountains.

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Orphaned wombat Chloe melts hearts at Taronga Zoo

Chloe being fed by zookeeper Evelyn Weston.

Steve Jacobs Chloe loves to chew on shoes and to hide between the boots of her surrogate mum, zookeeper Evelyn Weston.

Taronga Zoo staffer becomes surrogate dad to wallaby baby

Taronga Zoo education co-ordinator Matt Dea with rescued wallaby joey Alkira.

Steve Jacobs A Taronga Zoo staffer has become surrogate dad to a wallaby joey whose mother was killed by a car near Sydney.

Taronga's echidnas follow their leader as keepers hope for a puggle


Steve Jacobs Echidnas at Taronga Zoo have recently been taking part in a strange breeding ritual known as “trailing”, leading keepers to hope for a rare puggle as the babies are known.

Fairfax Media tops in Voiceless awards

Steve Jacobs Fairfax Media shared the top prize on Thursday night at the annual Voiceless Awards, which recognise contributions to animal protection.

Jumping for joy

A humpback calf breaches off Mona Vale on Sydney's northern beaches.

Steve Jacobs The humpbacks' southern migration is in full swing and plenty of mothers and calves are now on the move.

Manly ferries suspended due to weather

Steve Jacobs Sydney Ferries are not running between Manly and Circular Quay because of rough seas and strong winds.

Weather set to turn wild in Sydney as snow falls across NSW


Stephanie Gardiner and Steve Jacobs The rain is on its way to the city now and is expected to be at its heaviest until about 2pm, Weatherzone says.

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What do animals think and what do we think of them?


Steve Jacobs Animal sentience, human-animal relationships and the ethical treatment of animals are explored in a new collection of short stories and essays, released by animal protection institute Voiceless and...

Look what's popped up at Manly

humpback whale breaches at manly

Steve Jacobs Whalewatchers were thrilled when a humpback breached in front of their boat at Manly today.

Do the Shark Walk and come face-to-fin with some sharp critters

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore explores the new SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium.

Steve Jacobs Sydney lord mayor Clover Moore has opened the doors to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, following its $10 million, nine-month overhaul.

Whale baby lulled by a day at the opera


Steve Jacobs A whale that gave birth in Sydney Harbour has taken her calf to see the Opera House.

Ray of hope for endangered species

leopard ray

Steve Jacobs The leopard ray can't change its spots although the leopard shark changes its stripes into spots. Both have recently changed homes, though.