Woden rabbits are still thriving

Emma Kelly A rabbit control program on the outskirts of Woden tempting furry pests with poison will close this week, but future measures to combat numbers are on the cards.

Sex and the city: numbers rise as rabbits hop to it

Rabbits at Balmoral Oval, Balmoral Beach.

James Robertson Rabbits, increasingly inured to human poison, are on the run across Sydney.

ACT Govt hunting rabbits with dogs

Trained detection dogs will be used to flush out rabbits and hares in the Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary so the pests can then be shot or gassed.

'At least it keeps the rabbits down'

Mike Hedge The official weather forecast for Rockhampton yesterday was accurate enough, in an understated, Australian way.

Animal ethics founder on question of consciousness

A lion in one of the old cages at Melbourne Zoo before the new big cats' enclosure opened in 1974.

Andrew Masterson The debate about animal ethics has increased markedly over the past decade, but its core questions are beyond the reach of science, writes Andrew Masterson.

Animal testing: Labor tries to take cruelty out of cosmetics

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Tim Barlass Australian cosmetics could finally become free from animal testing with a new public consultation being launched to figure out how to enact laws that will completely ban the practice.

Vets claim live animals used as bait to train greyhounds


Natalie O'Brien The illegal practice of allowing live animals to be killed by greyhounds as part of their racing training is still occurring in NSW, according to evidence that has been given at a parliamentary...

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.

A line in the land

Tim the Yowie Man A kookaburra sits in an old she oak chuckling, no doubt laughing at the three of us scrambling up Mount Majura.

Focus on dogs in fight to save koalas

The Koala Hospital at Port Macquarie

Nina Karnikowski Dog training is the latest desperate measure in the battle to protect Australia's endangered koalas, with estimates putting numbers in the wild below 50,000.

Wildlife hits the road in search of pickings

Roo road kill on Majura Road. Photo Gary Schafer Canberra Times 070818

David Ellery Native and feral animals are flocking to our road verges in search of a free meal as dry weather grips the region after three seasons of plenty.

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Campaigner takes big stick to feral oysters

Lindsay James

Andrew Darby The usual tool for dealing with an oyster is a stubby-bladed knife, inserted and twisted to prise the bivalve apart and unlock the seafood treasure inside.

'The jewel in Sydney's crown'


Glenda Kwek In the second of a three-part series on Sydney's parks, Glenda Kwek uncovers the secrets of Headland Park

An ark afloat in red desert country

Bridled Nailtail Wallaby

Tony Cathcart, a quiet sort of bloke nearing 50, once spent 187 nights hunting a tabby cat through the red earth desert between Mildura on the River Murray and Broken Hill in far western NSW.

The rains came, and feral pests, too

Wild rabbits

Nicky Phillips The pastures blossomed first. Then came the small ground-dwelling creatures - the rabbits and the mice, followed by their hunters, the foxes, feral pigs and wild dogs.

War on predators helping restore island to health


The hunt is on to undo some of the damage caused by introduced animals to native species on one of Australia's southernmost outposts, writes John Huxley.

2000 birds die as feral cull backfires

More than 2000 birds have died on Macquarie Island since the federal government began a scheme to cull rabbits, cats, rats and mice.

For the love of the land and protection of bush's future


Tom Arup It has been three years since Peter and Emma Ashton packed up their lives and headed outback.

Little known about Hendra risk from dogs

Very little is known about the risk of dogs passing the Hendra virus to humans, the CSIRO says.

Politicians blamed for climate 'gridlock'

Paddy Manning THE businessman Graeme Wood has condemned Australia's failure to act on climate change, criticising ''scared'' politicians for a lack of leadership.