100 Australian endemic species are listed as extinct (or extinct in the wild) since the nation’s colonisation by Europeans in 1788. The list includes 38 plants, 34 mammals, ten invertebrates, nine birds, four frogs, three reptiles, one fish, and a protist. This tally represents about 6–10% of the world’s post-1500 recognised extinctions. The actual number of Australian extinctions is likely to be far more than those recognised in formal lists. Mammals have suffered the highest proportional rate of extinction (about 10% of the endemic mammal fauna).
Farming creates novel habitats. In the Riverina region of southern New South Wales, rice fields are providing a conservation opportunity where food production and threatened species can be managed concurrently.
An interview with Mark Robb, Environmental Compliance and Biodiversity Officer, Coleambally Irrigation Cooperative Limited
More than 60% of Australia’s land mass is managed by farmers, and they are custodians for thousands of natural and agricultural wetlands. Working on private land offers a challenging but rewarding career for a researcher.
New research has quantified the impact of Australia’s pet cat population on wildlife at a national scale for the first time. The study found that collectively pet cats kill 390 million animals per year across Australia.
The native guava is one of the first Australian plants to be pushed to the brink of extinction by a fungal plant disease which has spread rapidly across the globe, according to a new study by scientists from the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Program.