Foxes

100 flying foxes orphans swoop on Brisbane

More then 100 orphaned speckled flying foxes will head south for some tender loving care this week.

Flying foxes to get no rest in Botanic Gardens

Erik Jensen TO RID the Botanic Gardens of its damaging flying fox colony, the federal Environment Minister, Peter Garrett, could be forced to ignore his own department's description of critical habitats needed...

Australia's early settlers weathered drought and flooding rains

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Bridie Smith Science Editor Researchers have gained an insight into the weather conditions endured by Australia’s early settlers after scouring a diverse collection historical records, some dating back to the First Fleet.

Global biodiversity suffers as humanity lives beyond its means

Australia

Bridie Smith and Inga Ting Australia’s ecological footprint is the 13th-largest in the world - and is likely to get bigger following the repeal of the carbon tax, conservation group WWF has warned.

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Polar bears find a new menu option

James Gorman But the polar bears here discovered a new menu option. They eat snow geese.

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.

$50-million phantom fox under challenge in Tasmania

Andrew Darby A $50-million program designed to eradicate foxes in Tasmania was based on flawed science and failed to turn up a single live fox, a review has found.

'Catastrophic' decline in numbers of small native animals

The southern brown bandicoot.

Peter Hannam Small native animals are facing “an extraordinary decline” across the northern third of Australia, with the spread of feral cats largely to blame, a leading ecologist said.

500 kangaroos to be put on the pill but 1600 to be shot

Kirsten Lawson More than 1600 kangaroos will be shot in the ACT's annual cull, although up to 500 more could also be put on the pill.

Heatwave decimates flying fox colonies

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Dead flying foxes have been falling from the sky in droves because of the heatwave sweeping south-east Queensland.

Bats evicted from Royal Botanic Gardens now haunting government at Macksville

Kirsty Needham Think of it as the bat's revenge. A colony of 10,000 flying foxes that descended on a coastal forest - after the NSW government approved the land be cleared for the Pacific Highway upgrade - includes...

Rare tiger quoll filmed in Grampians

Tiger quoll

Bridie Smith An endangered tiger quoll has been filmed in the Grampians National Park in Victoria just weeks after bushfires devastated a third of the park.

Shell shock

GOOD WEEKEND. TURTLES. Swimming with turtles on Lady Elliot Island on the Great Barrier Reef. Picture Paul Harris. Monday 3 March 2014

Tim Elliott The sea turtle, one of the earth's oldest creatures, is facing a battle for survival.

Foreign predators threaten bilbies

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Inga Ting If meeting the royal family - including two future kings - is not enough to boost your public profile and help save your species from extinction, who knows what is?

Rare albino kangaroo's incredible tale of survival in the Australian outback

A rare albino kangaroo at the Namadgi National Park.

Hamish Boland-Rudder Lazing in the middle of a kangaroo mob just a half hour drive from city suburbs is a truly incredible tale of survival, rarely seen in the animal kingdom: an albino kangaroo that has survived beyond...

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Unmourned death of a sole survivor

Christmas Island Pipistrelle.

In late August 2009 a tiny, solitary bat fluttered about in the rainforest near Australia's infamous Christmas Island detention camp. We don't know precisely what happened to it.

After law change, conservationist fears a shot in the park

John Perkins, a member of Friends of Durras and a NSW National Parks volunteer, with a Strangler Fig tree in the Murramarang National Park, near Pebbly Beach.

John Thistleton As thick and seemingly as sinister as pythons, this strangler fig's roots sprawl 50 metres across the forest floor in Murramarang National Park, in a silent, relentless fight for sunlight, water and...

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Bumper year for cream of the crops

Corn Farmer Scott Anderson.

Darren Gray THE evening light brings out the best in Scott Anderson's corn crop. The softer sunshine gives it a golden tinge, the abundant leaves look healthy and green, and when the breeze picks up they create...

Doing the numbers drives volunteers batty

Flying fox

Ben Cubby IT IS hard to work out where the racket is coming from among a rustic clump of stringybarks in Centennial Park.

Students insist there's nothing poultry about their chooks

Muirfield High students

Julie Power Getting too attached to a chook is risky. That's one of the lessons learnt by students at Muirfield High School in Sydney's north-west who for the first time are entering the Royal Easter Show's...