Opinion

How Australia failed the Bramble Cay melomys

By Bruce Gall
February 17 2022 - 6:25pm
The Bramble Cay melomys is believed to be the first mammal to go extinct due to climate change. Picture: Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection

The Bramble Cay melomys was a small native rodent that lived and loved on Bramble Cay, a five-hectare sandy cay in the Torres Strait. The cay is the most northerly island of the Great Barrier Reef, barely 50 kilometres from Papua New Guinea and just four kilometres inside Australia's territorial waters.

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