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(FILES) In this file photograph taken on March 12, 2019, shows a coelacanth during its restoration process at the Museum d'Histoire Naturelle's (French National Museum of Natural History) taxidermy workshop in Paris. - The endangered coelacanth, a "prehistoric" fish species, is far more vulnerable than previously thought, according to a study by marine biologists published on June 17, 2021. They found that Latimeria chalimnae, sometimes referred to as a "living fossil" and found in the waters of the Indian Ocean around the Comoros, lives five times longer than previously thought. It also reproduces at a very late age, over 50 years, a feature that puts it at risk of being fished out before it can perpetuate the species. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)

Ancient fish species lives to 100

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First it turned up alive after being thought to have gone extinct with the dinosaurs. Now the coelacanth has surprised again, with research showing it lives to the ripe old age of 100

Longford Spiderweb Ballooning after flooding in the area. Picture: Lotje McDonald Photography (MUST CREDIT)

Raining spiders after Victorian floods

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Despite headlines of an ‘arachnid apocalypse’ and startling images of cobwebs blanketing country Victoria, locals and experts alike are mesmerised by the spiders’ ingenious survival technique

Pelkingese dog "Wasabi" is seen with the trophy after winning Best in Show at the 145th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show June 13, 2021 at the Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York. - Spectators are not allowed this year, apart from dog owners and handlers, because of safety protocols due to Covid-19. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

Wasabi the Pekingese wins Westminster dog show

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Wasabi the Pekingese is one hot hound, beating 2500 other pooches to the top prize: best in show at the world-famous Westminster Kennel Club dog show in the US

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Man eaten by whale lives to tell tale

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 12, 2018 a Humpback whale jumps in the surface of the Pacific Ocean at the Uramba Bahia Malaga National Natural Park in Colombia. - It sounds like a real-life take on "Pinocchio" -- a US lobster fisherman says he was scooped into the mouth of a humpback whale on June 11, 2021 and yet lived to tell the story. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP)
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Like Jonah from the famous religious stories, a man has been eaten by a humpback whale, which then spat him out. The professional lobster diver was only bruised after his ordeal

Robot lizards solve prey puzzle

Draco volans, the common flying dragon on the tree in Tangkoko National Park, Sulawesi, is a species of lizard endemic to Southeast Asia. lizard in wild nature, beautiful colorful lizard
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Why do predators sometimes overlook a seemingly easy meal in the wild? Australian scientists have answered the question with the help of robotic lizards

China’s wandering elephants become global stars

A migrating herd of elephants graze near Shuanghe Township, Jinning District of Kunming city in the Yunnan Province of southwestern China. Already famous at home, China's wandering elephants are now becoming international stars. Major global media, including satellite news stations, news papers and wire services are chronicling the herd's more-than year-long, 500 km trek from their home in a wildlife reserve in mountainous southwest Yunnan province to the outskirts of the provincial capital of Kunming. (Yunnan Forest Fire Brigade via AP
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After more than a year on the move, the antics of a Chinese herd of elephants are proving irresistible to social and world media

Brave rat rests up in well-earned retirement

TOPSHOT - An undated handout picture released by UK veterinary charity PDSA on September 25, 2020 shows Magawa, an African giant pouched rat receiving a treat while at work detecting landmines in  Cambodia. - The rodent has won the animal equivalent of Britain's highest civilian honour for bravery on September 25, 2020 because of his uncanny knack of sniffing out landmines and unexploded ordnance. (Photo by Handout / PDSA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /PDSA " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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After five years of sniffing out landmines and other explosives in Cambodia, Magawa the rat — who became famous after winning a top bravery award for dogs — is retiring to eat and play

Meet Australia’s largest dinosaur

The giant of the Outback has been identified as a new dinosaur genus and species – Australotitan cooperensis, the Southern titan! This dinosaur is a new gigantic titanosaur, a plant-eating dinosaur group that represent the largest animals that walked on earth.  It reached a similar size to the world’s dinosaur giants found in South America, marking Australia’s first entry into the world’s dinosaur giants
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What is longer than a basketball court and taller than a B-double truck? Australia’s newest and biggest dino, Australotitan cooperensis, nicknamed Cooper

Huge new national park for outback NSW

An Australian Bustard which lives in the nature reserve on the 13,000 hectare Mt Pleasant cattle station between Collinsville and Bowen. Picture: Garlone Moulin
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Australia is set to get a new national park after the NSW government’s purchase of two sheep stations totalling 60,000ha near Broken Hill in western NSW

Squid and water bears blast off into space

Resembling miniature underwater caterpillars, tardigrades boast teeny claws at the end of their legs, hence their "water bear"  nickname.
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Five thousand water bears and 128 glow-in-the-dark baby squid have left Earth aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket bound for the science labs of the International Space Station

Radioactive rhino horns to the rescue?

Scientists in South Africa have injected radioactive material into the horns of two rhinos in a novel effort to save the species from poachers., James Larkin, a professor at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and an expert in radiation protection, said that the stable isotopes used were harmless and that he “doesn’t want to kill anyone” with the infusion: “We just want to use the natural reticence towards radioactive material to decrease demand for rhino horn and also make it easier , From sourcE:, https://www.facebook.com/Rhisotope/
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A radical – indeed radioactive – scientific solution has begun in South Africa to save the rhino species by deterring poachers

Teen climate warriors have their day in court

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA- News Wire photos MAY 27 2021- (LR)  Laura Kirwan (17), Izzy Raj-Seppings (14), Ava Princi (17) and Liv Heaton posing for a photo out the front of the Federal law court on Phillip st in Sydney. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Adam Yip
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Aussie teenage climate activists have lost their court bid to stop a NSW mine expansion, but ‘duty of care’ ruling declared a win

Xena home at last after months lost in bush

Xena was missing for six months, but on Friday at 3am she found her way back home. Laidley Heights, on Sunday, 30th May, 2021 - Photo Steve Pohlner
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A beloved Maremma dog who disappeared during a hailstorm six-and-a-half months ago has finally made it home hungry but alive after being lost in dense bushland in Queensland

How airport sniffer dogs could detect Covid-19

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 18: English Springer Spaniel Floki, who is 1 of 2 South Australian dogs is taking part the Covid-19 detection training at the University of Adelaide on September 18, 2020 in Adelaide, Australia. Researchers from the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at the University of Adelaide are working to train sniffer dogs to detect COVID-19 in people. The Adelaide study is part of an international research effort aimed at training COVID-19 detection dogs who could be used to screen people for coronavirus such as at airports, hospitals or quarantine facilities. The dogs taking part in the study at the University of Adelaide are being trained to pick the positive COVID-19 sweat sample from a line-up of samples, using positive reinforcement in the form of play with their favourite toy for each correct answer. Early results also show dogs trained in this way are able to identify infected individuals prior to the development of symptoms, or in those who are otherwise asymptomatic. (Photo by Kelly Barnes/Getty Images)
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Sniffer dogs are a step closer to being used in Australian airports to identify Covid-19 carriers after successful first trials

Would you wash with snail slime soap?

French artisan Damien Desrocher is making soap from snail slime. For Kids News. Image: Reuters
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One French artisan believes snail slime has anti-ageing properties that make it perfect for his boutique beauty soap

Funny photos have judges howling like hyenas

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 Giovanni Querzani Bologna Italy Phone: Email: Title: ROFL Description: A young lion in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, who apparently is laughing at my photography skills. Animal: Panthera Leo Location of shot: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
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Surfing penguins, a frowning bird, a pouting boxfish and a laughing lion have had the judges of The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 laughing a lot

Kids putting backpacks on bees for science

A bee wearing a backpack
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Citizen scientist school students are playing an important role in an innovative research project aimed at understanding and protecting the world’s valuable bee population

New dinosaur named in Mexico

A new species of dinosaur called Tlatolophus galorum has been discovered in Mexico. Image from Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH)
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Eight years after the first of its fossilised remains were found in Mexico, palaeontologists confirm a new species of crested dinosaur

Sharks use Earth’s magnetic field as GPS

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 26, 2012 a Bonnethead shark swims at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. - The Aquarium features a collection of over 11,000 animals representing over 500 different species. It focuses on the Pacific Ocean in three major permanent galleries, sunny Southern California and Baja, the frigid waters of the Northern Pacific and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific.The non-profit Aquarium sees 1.5 million visitors a year and has a total staff of over 900 people including more than 300 employees and about 650 volunteers. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / AFP)
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Researchers believe migrating sharks use the Earth’s magnetic field as a sort of natural GPS to help them navigate the world’s oceans

World Bee Day creates buzz

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18: Bees are seen on a honeycomb cell  at the BEE Lab hives at The University of Sydney on May 18, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. The BEE Lab researches the behaviour, ecology and evolution of bees combining work in both the lab and the field. Australian bee populations were decimated by the Black Summer bushfires at the end of 2019 and early 2020 with around 2.5 billion bees and 10,000 commercial beehives destroyed in New South Wales and Victoria alone. Increased rainfall over the last year, along with concerted efforts by Australian apiarists has seen bee populations recover in 2021. Australia has an estimated 2,000 species of native bee, along with the European honey bee, which according to the NSW Department of Primary Industries plays an important role in large-scale agricultural pollination services and provide beeswax and honey to the domestic and export market. With bee populations under significant threat globally from extreme climate events, destruction of natural habitat, intensive farming practices, pests and disease, World Bee Day on 20 May aims to increase awareness and highlight the significance of bees and other pollinators to ensure food security, biodiversity and maintain a healthy ecosystem. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
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We all know bees make honey, but their importance in Australia extends far beyond producing a beloved breakfast spread

Aussie coins encourage conservation in kids

WEEKEND TELEGRAPHS SPECIAL. MUST TALK WITH PIC ED JEFF DARMANIN BEFORE PUBLISHING - Pictured at home in Manly today is Iggy 10 and Atticus Jenkins 6, with Australia Posts Great Aussie Coin Hunt collectables. Picture: Tim Hunter.
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Zookeeper and bushfire survivor Chad Staples says showcasing native creatures in the Great Aussie Coin Hunt is “so important” for conservation awareness

Hank the cat worn out by mouse plague

Embargoed for Monday 17 May 2021. Amy Payten from Gulgong took this image of her 9 year old cat called Hank with a mouse sitting on it. Must Credit her daughter Holly Schink
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The mouse plague overrunning eastern Australia has tormented those in its path for so long even a usually energetic ginger cat called Hank no longer bothers to chase the pesky rodents

Trillions of Brood X cicadas about to hatch

A periodical cicada nymph clings to a tree branch on May 11, 2021 in Greenbelt, Maryland. - Some are waiting for their arrival with trepidation, others are curious what they might taste like: Americans are swapping tips on how best to weather the storm when billions of cicadas soon emerge after 17 years underground. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP)
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Cicadas are about to emerge from the soil in a hatch so big, noisy and incredible the whole world has been eagerly waiting for it to happen. Kids News researches whether this is as scary as it seems

Top award for a dog named Zero

Zero the court companion dog has been awarded a premier's award for public sector values which recognises his commitment to accompanying vulnerable witnesses in court, on May 10th, 2021, outside the Supreme Court in Adelaide.
Picture: Tom Huntley
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His name may be Zero, but this four-year-old black labrador has scored top marks as a companion canine in the courtroom, winning a Premier’s Excellence Award in South Australia

Sniffer bees busy on COVID test training

Enjoy the spring! Everything is blooming and the bees are diligently flying from flower to flower. I would like to share this spring feelings with you and have taken this picture for you.
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Scientists have trained bees to identify COVID-19 in test samples, providing results almost instantly instead of waiting hours for regular test results to come through

The Great Aussie Coin Hunt is here

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA NewsWire 
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Bronwyn Scott, Royal Australian Mint coin designer who designed the new A-Z of 'Aussie' $1 coins launching 9 May for Australia Post.
Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage
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The Great Aussie Coin Hunt is back at Australia Post, with the new A-Z of $1 collectable coins from the Royal Australian Mint full of fun and surprises

Heaviest moth in the world found at primary school

A giant moth the size of a rat was found by a tradie during the build of the Mt Cotton State School in Redland, Queensland. 
Picture:  Mt Cotton State School Facebook.
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Builders have found a giant wood moth as big as two adult human fists while working at a Queensland school, sparking a creative writing story in which the teacher is eaten by moths

Parrot flies back from brink of extinction

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Five years ago, scientists faced the prospect of the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot “going extinct right in front of us”, but now those same scientists are grinning from ear to ear

Some good news for endangered Sumatran rhino

SUNDAY ESCAPE. WILDLIFE WISHLIST. Sumatran rhino. Picture: Taronga Conservation Society Australia
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With only an estimated 80 Sumatran rhinos left in the wild, the results of a new study deliver welcome hope for the survival of the species.

Weird fish makes comeback in Murray River

A lamprey fish close up. Picture: Department for Environment and Water South Australia
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Scientists have found a spooky-looking, bloodsucking, critically endangered native fish in record numbers in the Murray River system, which is great news for the environment and lamprey fish

Just three per cent of Earth untouched by humans

ESCAPE: Toucan, Peru - uniworld, peru, amazon, rainforest, nature, wildlife, animals, toucan, Bird. Picture: Uniworld
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A new scientific study has found as little as 3 per cent of the world’s land surfaces are still home to their full range of native species and remain unspoilt by human activity

Fitbits for Phillip Island penguins

Ever thought your other half wasn't pulling their weight in the parenting role? Well it appears that Little Penguins have the same issue! A new paper published in the International Society for Behavioural Ecology's journal, shows some individual penguins work harder than their partners to feed their chicks. The study is part of joint research between Australian and French scientists. According to one of the paper's authors, Phillip Island Nature Parks' Penguin Biologist, Dr Andre Chiaradia, the findings come as something of a surprise, as it was previously thought both parents contributed equally to raising chicks.
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Phillip Island’s little penguins are small but mighty adaptable, according to a new scientific study using custom-made ‘fitbits’.

Billions of T-rex roamed the Earth

Chris Pratt faces a rampaging T-Rex dinosaur in a scene from film Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
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If it scares you to think about one bus-sized T-rex rampaging across the land, what about 2.5 billion of them? New tyrannosaur research has suggested there were 20,000 alive at a time during their reign

This is what a spider web sounds like

(GERMANY OUT) Gartenkreuzspinne (Araneus diadematus) - European garden spider (Araneus diadematus) (Photo by Alfred Schauhuber/McPhoto/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
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Scientists have used artificial intelligence to study spiders and their webs to create eerie music from the vibrations. Listen to what a spider web sounds like

Volcanic eruption photo wins top prize

This startling picture of a volcanic eruption captured first prize in the competition Credit: FRANCISCO NEGRONI/PHOTO IS LIGHT/TNG
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A photo titled The Landscape of Fear and showing a volcano erupting within an incredible electrical storm has won first prize in a global photography contest. See some of our favourite photos

Leeches invade NSW homes after floods

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 21: A leech slithers along the ground in Windsor on March 21, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. Evacuation warnings are in place for parts of Western Sydney as floodwaters continue to rise. (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images)
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The recent floods in NSW have brought more than just record rainfall – and bloodthirsty leeches are loving it

Surprise just-in-time find of tiny native fish

EMBARGO SUNDAY 28 MARCH: NO THE AUSTRALIAN/NO NEWS.COM/NO SKY NEWS - ONE TIME USE ONLY -  Southern Purple Spotted Gudgeon (Mogurnda adspersa) just captured in field is held by researcher Amy Russelll (from the North Catchment Managment Authorty before being measured and released back.
Captive (taken in-field) and under the supervision of researchers.
Reedy Lake, Kerang, Victoria, Australia.
November, 2020.  MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER:  DOUG GIMESY
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The future looks bright for the southern purple spotted gudgeon fish, a tiny native species twice declared regionally extinct and this time found in a lake just two days before it was to be drained

Meet Nemo, the peacock spider

A newly discovered species of peacock spider with a bright orange face has been named Nemo after the clownfish featured in the hit movie Finding Nemo. Picture: Museum Victoria
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A newly discovered species of peacock spider with a bright orange face has been named after the clownfish from hit animated movie Finding Nemo

Thunder Birds, Australia’s big ugly ducklings

M041248 Dromornis stirtoni, Reconstruction of Central Australian Miocene.   

This reconstruction depicts a scene in times past, 8 million years before the present. Then Dromornis stirtoni, the largest species of "Mihirung", roamed the Central Australia landscape, browsing on leaves, fruit, flowers, petioles and twigs growing three or four metres above the ground. (Credit: Artist Peter Trusler)
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Australia was once home to the world’s biggest-ever bird, which weighed as much as a cow. Scientists have called Dromornis stirtoni an “extreme evolutionary experiment”

Great news in fight for handfish survival

Spotted handfish at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium. Picture: supplied
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Experts are one step closer to saving the critically endangered spotted handfish, a cartoon-like creature that only lives in Tasmania’s Derwent Estuary and looks like it walks on its hands

Teaching honeyeaters to sing the right song

A regent honeyeater. Picture: Douglas Gimesy
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Male songbirds usually learn their tunes from adult mentors, but when young birds lack proper role models, they hit all the wrong notes — and have less success attracting mates

American city turns off lights to save birds

PHILADELPHIA ..  for John Huxley story  ..   the city skyline with the Ben Franklin Bridge over the Delaware River
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A group in the US city of Philadelphia has started Lights Out Philly to try to reduce the number of confused birds dying during migration

World-first fossil find of dino sitting on eggs

The fossil of a dinosaur sitting on a nest of eggs with fossilised babies inside has been unearthed in a world-first discovery that sheds light on how the creatures hatched their young. Image: Carnegie Museum of Natural History. For Kids News
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The discovery of a preserved dinosaur sitting on a nest of eggs with fossilised babies inside is giving researchers new clues into how the creatures hatched their young

‘Cute and weird’ sea slugs lose their heads

This undated photo provided by Sayaka Mitoh shows a Elysia cf. marginata sea slug after autotomy. According to a study released in the journal Current Biology on Monday, March 8, 2021, scientists have discovered that some Japanese sea slugs can grow whole new bodies if their heads are cut off, taking regeneration to the most extreme levels ever seen. (Sayaka Mitoh via AP)
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In an extreme case of autotomy, Japanese sea slugs have been found to regrow new bodies after decapitating themselves, which could help us better understand human regeneration

Tassie devils back from the brink in the wild

**WARNING:UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL Monday 5th October at 2pm ** **EMBARGOED UNTIL OCTOBER 05 **  For the first time in 3,000 years, the Tasmanian devil is back in the wild on mainland Australia, an historic moment that is critical to rewild Australia, the country with the world’s worst mammal extinction rate. Aussie Ark, in partnership with Global Wildlife Conservation and WildArk, recently released 11 Tasmanian devils into a 400-hectare (nearly 1,000 acres) wildlife sanctuary on Barrington Tops. Actor power couple Elsa Pataky and Chris Hemsworth, who is a WildArk Ambassador, helped release some of the animals—including Lenny and Lisa—into their new home. Picture: Aussie Ark
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A deadly facial cancer has wiped out thousands of Tasmanian devils in the wild but a new study shows the future is looking brighter for the much-loved marsupial

Possum babies Bib and Bub growing well

***HOLD EMBARGO FOR MARCH 1RST CHECK WITH DT PIC DESK BEFORE USE***, , DAILY TELEGRAPH - 23/2/21, Baby Eastern Pygmy Possums pictured with Dean Reid from The Australian Reptile Park on the Central Coast today. Picture: Sam Ruttyn
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Two orphaned eastern pygmy possums barely the size of a fingertip are thriving thanks to a human helping hand. The five-week-old babies are being cared for at the Australian Reptile Park

Three new glowing sharks light up twilight zone

Lateral and dorsal luminescent pattern of Dalatias licha. (A) Lateral daylight view and luminescent pattern highlighting the dorso-ventral luminous pattern. (B) Dorsal daylight view and luminescent pattern. Luminescence of the second dorsal fin is observable on this specimen (red arrowhead). Scale bar: 10 cm.
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Three new species of bioluminescent sharks — including the largest known underwater glowing creature — have been found in deep, dark water off the coast of New Zealand

Australia the first home of giant komodo dragons

Komodo Dragon, the largest lizard in the world.
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Indonesia’s komodo, the largest living lizard still on Earth, likely originated in Australia millions of years ago from a mix of parents, according to new research

Orang-utans get helicopter ride back to the wild

The largest and arguably most successful great ape conservation program in the world, Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS) “rehab and release” program has forged a major breakthrough in the fight to save the endangered orangutans of Borneo.
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Five males, a mother with two babies and two other female critically endangered orang-utans have been released into the wild in the Indonesian part of Borneo island

Animals lend a helping hand at the zoo

Aldabra Giant Tortoise Training Melbourne Zoo
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Melbourne Zoo’s oldest residents have shown no one’s ever too old to learn. Elephant Mek Kapah and tortoises Wilbur, Little John and Jean are all involved in their own health checks

Koala teeth used to create archaeology map

Great Australian Wildlife Collection by Discovery channel. Koala bear eats leaves in tree. Phascolarctos cinereus. South Australia.
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Australian archaeologists are studying ancient koala teeth and bones to create a map that will show how people and animals moved across the continent through history

Look out for fruit fly after La Nina summer

18/2/21. More than 1000 residents in Prospect and Stepney are being told to strip ripe fruit off their trees, to help stop the spread of fruit fly. PIRSA biosecurity officers in orange overalls are door-knocking offering residents assistance with the task - Joshua Dowsett and Saurin Barot   
Picture: Keryn Stevens
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Kids are banned from taking fruit to school and residents are being urged to strip their trees of fruit in two suburbs of Adelaide that are the latest locations battling fruit fly outbreaks

Cruising sharks photo wins best underwater award

ONE TIME WEB USE ONLY - FEES MAY APPLY FOR REUSE - MUST CONTACT PHOTOGRAPHER DIRECTLY FOR REUSE - Underwater Photographer of the Year 2021 MUST CREDIT -
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A stunning image of sharks and seagulls at sunset has won the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2021 award from 4500 images entered by photographers from 68 countries

Calling all kids: our wildlife needs your help

Robert Irwin at his home at Australia Zoo. For Kids News
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Wildlife warrior Robert Irwin talks to Kids News about how kids can be community leaders in protecting the environment and wildlife and how every little thing we do helps

How to be a junior wildlife photographer

McKinley Moens. Supplied
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Teenager McKinley Moens knows a thing or two about taking great shots of wildlife in their natural habitat. Here are her tips

Huge discovery of tiny chameleon

This undated handout photo released on February 5, 2021, by the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology (Zoologische Staatssammlung Munchen) shows the chameleon "Brookesia nana", identified as Earth's smallest known reptile, in Madagascar. - Scientists have identified Earth's smallest known reptile in Madagascar, warning at the same time that sustained destruction of forests the north of the island threatens its survival. Tiny enough to perch comfortably on a fingertip, the ultra-compact chameleon -- dubbed Brookesia nana -- has the same proportions and world-weary expression as its larger cousins around the world. A joint expedition in 2012 of German and Malagasy scientists did not know whether the two specimens they collected -- one female and one male -- were adults until much later, Frank Glaw, curator of herpetology at the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology, told AFP. The male's body -- about the size of a peanut -- was 13.5 millimetres long, with the tail adding another nine millimetres. The female measured 29 mm from its nose to the tip of its tail. (Photo by Frank GLAW / Zoologische Staatssammlung Munchen / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / BAVARIAN STATE COLLECTION OF ZOOLOGY (ZOOLOGISCHE STAATSSAMMLUNG MUNCHEN) / FRANK GLAW - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Scientists from Madagascar and Germany say a newly discovered species of chameleon that fits on a human fingertip is a contender for the title of world’s smallest reptile

Humans have made the oceans very noisy

The Queen Mary 2 (QM2) arrives at Port Everglades in Florida on her maiden voyage 26 Jan 2004, as tug boats shoot water cannons to celebrate her arrival. AFP picRobert/Sullivan cruise liner ship ships shipping
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With rumbling ships, hammering oil drills and other big noises, humans have completely altered the underwater soundscape, in some cases deafening or disorienting whales and other animals

Robert Irwin urges kids to go wild in their own backyard

Robert Irwin at his home at Australia Zoo. For Kids News
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You don’t need to go to the outback to see animals in their natural habitat. Take a look in your own backyard

How to tell if your dog is a genius

Funny portrait of cute smilling puppy dog border collie on couch. New lovely member of family little dog at home gazing and waiting. Pet care and animals concept
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An experiment that’s easy to try at home has shown “talented” dogs are able to learn the name of a new object after hearing it four times, an ability previously thought to be confined to humans

Vote for the cutest baby animal

Australian sea lion pup sits on rock. Australia.
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To celebrate the launch of The Great Australian Wildlife Collection, Kids News took a peek inside the Baby Animals book. Tell us which baby animal you think is the cutest

Scientists get to the bottom of wombat poo mystery

Baby Wombat. Coco's baby at Ballarat Wildlife Park. Coco, the 12-year-old common wombat is an exceptional mother, having just produced her third baby something very rare in captive wombats. The joey has just started exploring her new home at Ballarat Wildlife Park but never venturing too far from mum. Head curator, Julia Leonard, believes the little Joey is around 7 months old and is looking forward to baby spending more time out of the pouch. Proud parents Coco and Banjo. The park is having a naming competition for the joey and can be entered by going to www.wildlifepark.com.au
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The mystery behind wombats’ unique cube-shaped poo has been solved after an accidental discovery by scientists

Hanging out with Smudge at Antarctica

Antarctic expeditioner Matthew Williams and his mate Smudge the Emperor Penguin at the Auster rookery. Pictures: Matthew Williams and Guy Edgar
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A curious emperor penguin nicknamed Smudge has made friends with an Australian Antarctic expeditioner undertaking the annual penguin census at the Auster and Taylor rookeries

Dinosaur could be the biggest ever land animal

Handout picture released on January 20, 2021 by the CTyS-UNLaM Science Outreach Agency showing palaeontologists during an excavation in which 98 million-year-old fossils were found, at the Candeleros Formation in the Neuquen River Valley in southwest Argentina. - Scientists have unearthed massive, 98-million-year-old fossils in southwest Argentina they say may have belonged to the largest dinosaur ever discovered. Human-sized pieces of fossilized bone belonging to the giant sauropod appear to be 10-20 percent larger than those attributed to Patagotitan mayorum, the biggest dinosaur ever identified, according to a statement Wednesday from the National University of La Matanza's CTYS scientific agency. (Photo by JOSE LUIS CARBALLIDO / CTyS-UNLaM / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT AFP PHOTO / CTyS-UNLaM / JOSE LUIS CARBALLIDO - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS -DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Palaeontologists are digging up the massive 98-million-year-old fossilised skeleton of a titanosaur they now believe was the largest animal ever to walk on Earth

Bushfire Poetry Comp: author Jackie French’s five rules for writing a poem

Children's author Jackie French., Picture: Kelly Sturgis, For Kids News
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Award-winning author Jackie French wants kids to discover the healing power of poetry. See her tips for writing a great poem

Seahorse dad gives birth

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium is leading a unique breeding project designed to save the endangered White's Seahorse species. The baby sea horses will be released into an existing colony of seahorses at Clifton Gardens when they reach full maturity. Picture: Toby Zerna
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Rare footage has been captured of a male seahorse giving birth to dozens of offspring — yes, that’s right, a male having babies!

A year of wonderful news at our zoos

Female Koala, Annie, with bandaged paws, sitting amongst gum leaves, near vet clinic at Melbourne Zoo. Bushfire affected Koala. Picture: Zoos Victoria
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Zoos were closed for much of 2020 but the animals’ carers continued their important conservation work around Australia. Here are some of the year’s memorable moments

Kids News launches Bushfire Poetry Competition

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Share your experiences of last summer’s bushfires for a chance to have your poem published in a special book commemorating the Black Summer fires

Guardian dogs saving bandicoots from extinction

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Guardian dog at Skipton release site. Lying in grass looking at camera with sheep in background
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Two very special dogs have a very special job as guardians of some critically endangered eastern barred bandicoots just released into a conservation reserve in western Victoria

‘Lord of the spear’ dinosaur all for show

Ubirajara jubatus (illustrated) may have used its shoulder streamers and feathery mane for flashy dances and displays. © BOB NICHOLLS/PALEOCREATIONS.COM 2020
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Scientists may have solved the mystery of the weird body parts of a chicken-like dinosaur called Ubirajara ­jubatus, which looked like something out of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hope from ‘extinct’ species rediscovered

his photos taken on Thursday, March 12, 2020 and provide by the Staatliche Naturwissenschftliche Sammlung Bayerns, SNSB, shows a Voeltzkow-Chameleon in Madagascar. Scientists say they have found an elusive chameleon species that was last spotted in Madagascar 100 years ago. Researchers from Madagascar and Germany said that they discovered several living specimens of Voeltzkow's chameleon during an expedition to the northwest of the African island nation. (SNSB/Frank Glaw via AP)
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Earth is going through its sixth mass extinction event but there are moments of hope when species such as Voeltzkow’s chameleon, once thought to have been lost forever, are found alive

‘Bat woman’ and other incredible wildlife pics

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Bat woman by Douglas Gimesy, Australia

Wildlife rescuer and carer Julie Malherbe takes a call to assist the next animal rescue while looking after three recently orphaned grey-headed flying-foxes. This megabat is native to Australia and is endemic to the southeastern forested areas, playing a vital role in seed dispersal and the pollination of more than 100 native species of flowering and fruit bearing trees. Sadly, the species is listed as vulnerable to extinction because of the destruction of foraging and roosting habitats and, more frequently, mass die-offs caused by heat-stress events.
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The Natural History Museum is inviting you to vote for your favourite among the finalist entries in this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award

Snapshots capture happy quokkas

‘Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is’
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Quokkas are the happiest creatures on Earth, according to Aussie animal photographer Alex Cearns.
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Quokkas are the happiest creatures on Earth, according to animal photographer Alex Cearns, who has captured the loveable marsupials on camera for a new picture book.

Triceratops coming to live in Australia

Dr Erich Fitzgerald holding a 3D replica of the Triceratops mandible (jaw bone). Photographer - Benj
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A very special dinosaur that roamed Earth 67 million years ago is moving to Melbourne. The one-tonne triceratops skeleton has been described as one of the most complete dinosaur fossils ever found

Dinosaurs’ ferocious fight to the death

Duelling Dinosaurs
Picture: North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
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An Australian geologist is working to uncover the fossilised scene of a T-rex and a triceratops apparently locked in a ferocious duel, the teeth of the T-rex embedded in the other’s spine

Rare baby earless dragons ready for visitors

One of the grasssland earless dragons at Melbourne Zoo. Picture: Zoos Victoria
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Keepers at Melbourne Zoo have proudly introduced to visitors some baby grassland earless dragons. It’s been 50 years since the last confirmed Victorian sighting of the species in the wild

Young fundraisers’ crafty idea to save koalas

Pictured at Woollahra Public School are year 5 students Nina Vujovic , Alyla Browne and Tea McDrury.
The children at Woollahra Public School have been making pompoms for Christmas decorations to raise money fro the hundreds of koalas impacted by last summers bushfires.
Picture:Richard Dobson
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Watching the devastation of Australia’s koalas during last summer’s bushfires was too much to bear for these nature-loving kids — so they are doing something about it

Dogs then cats top list of favourite pets

Owning a pet has many health benefits for kids. iStock image. For Kids News Hibernation
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Australians love pets and our favourite pets are definitely dogs, according to the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey, which, for the first time, asked us about animals

Census to count every koala in bid to save species

Archer the Koala at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Picture: Dylan Robinson
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The Environment Minister unveiled a $2 million koala count as part of government’s commitment to protect the endangered species, while scientists call for threatened status for the platypus

Predator-proof fence to create native wildlife haven

Moonlit Sanctuary Pearcedale.

'Quinnie' the 2 year old female 'Spot Tailed Quoll' who was hand reared after being abandoned by its mother at 2 months of age. 'Quinnie' is one of the animals involved in the sanctuary's 'Conservation in Action' show.

Picture: Jason Sammon

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A 10km fence will be built at a Victorian national park to protect endangered species from predatory pests

First-ever Aussie sighting of bigfin squid

One of the Bigfin Squid found in the Great Australian Bight. The size of this squid coud not be determined due to poor visibilty. Picture: CSIRO
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Australian scientists have filmed five bigfin squid in the Great Australian Bight, the first time they’ve been seen in Australian waters. Little is known about these creatures of the deep

Time to wave goodbye to the peregrine chicks

The peregrine falcon chicks on November 12
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As Melburnians stretch their wings after the lockdown, the city’s famous peregrine falcon chicks are also stretching theirs, hopping and flying backwards and forwards along their home ledge

Gene study finds two new glider species

MUST CREDIT WWF AND PHOTOGRAPHER. Greater glider in a patch of old growth forest south of Brisbane. The light greater glider and dark greater glider that are filmed separately sticking their heads out of the same hollow are a breeding pair. Picture: Josh Bowell
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Australian scientists have discovered two new species of one of our cutest and most-loved native animals, the greater glider. What we previously thought was one species is actually three

Gigantic iceberg on collision course with island

Adolescent elephant seals are exceptionally engaging subjects. Elephant seals are found on many subantarctic islands such as South Georgia, as well as along parts of the Argentine coast. While the island supports limited vegetation and terrestrial life (75 percent of the island is under snow and ice), marine life is abundant.
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An iceberg the size of a small country is floating toward the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia, raising fears seal and penguin parents won’t be able to access food or get back to their young

Mystery of the mass butterfly invasion

Butterflies A Caper White butterfly feeding on lantana flowers, Glasshouse Mountains,QLD
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Hundreds of thousands of caper white butterflies have blown into Southeast Queensland in a phenomenon that only happens about every six to 10 years. Scientists can only speculate why

First for top dog handler

For the first time ever (since 1949), a woman has won the Tasmanian Working Sheep Dog State Championships. Carmen Blyth took out first place with her dog Somerville Spec. Camen with her sheep dogs Somerville Spec and Somerville Poppy. Picture: RICHARD JUPE
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Carmen Blyth — along with trusty dog Spec — has become the first female to win Tasmania’s Working Sheep Dog State Championships since the competition began in the 1940s

Echidna puggle in good hands after bumpy start

Taronga Wildlife Hospital senior keeper Sarah Male is hand-raising a pint-sized echidna puggle, rescued after being dropped from the sky by birds which snatched it from its burrow. For Kids News,
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Snatched from its burrow and dropped from the sky by a hungry bird, this little guy had a rough start to life. But things are looking up at Taronga Wildlife Hospital

Lessons from a beetle’s almost unbreakable shell

This 2016 photo provided by the University of California, Irvine, shows a diabolical ironclad beetle, which can withstand being crushed by forces almost 40,000 times its body weight and are native to desert habitats in Southern California. Scientists say the armor of the seemingly indestructible beetle could offer clues for designing stronger planes and buildings. In a study published Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in the journal Nature, a group of scientists explains why the beetle is so squash-resistant. (Jesus Rivera, Kisailus Biomimetics and Nanostructured Materials Lab, University of California Irvine via AP)
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Engineers hope to learn how to design stronger planes and buildings by studying a beetle that can withstand bird pecks, animal stomps and even being rolled over by a Toyota Camry car

Fox without socks takes a liking to shoes

Looking to hunt down a feral pest before it takes a greater toll on our local wildlife.
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In a twist on the Dr Seuss story, a cunning fox is collecting shoes — but not socks — from front verandas in Adelaide, spreading them around the streets and hoarding them in its den

Drones helping secure a future for koalas

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 14: A female koala named 'Spinnaker Petal' is seen eating Eucalyptus in her pen at Port Macquarie Koala Hospital on September 14, 2020, in Port Macquarie, Australia. Established in 1973 the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital has 150 volunteers, a specialised treatment room, intensive care unit and rehabilitation yards. The team were instrumental in treating bushfire affected koalas during what has become known as Australia's Black Summer, however, more common treatments are given for road accident trauma, dog attacks and disease, such as Chlamydia. A New South Wales parliamentary inquiry released in June 2020 has found that koalas will become extinct in the state before 2050 without urgent government intervention. Making 42 recommendations, the inquiry found that climate change is compounding the severity and impact of other threats, such as drought and bushfire, which is drastically impacting koala populations by affecting the quality of their food and habitat. The plight of the koala received global attention in the wake of Australia's devastating bushfire season which saw tens of thousands of animals killed around the country. While recent fires compounded the koala's loss of habitat, the future of the species in NSW is also threatened by continued logging, mining, land clearing, and urban development. Along with advising agencies work together to create a standard method for surveying koala populations, the inquiry also recommended setting aside protected habitat, the ruling out of further opening up of old-growth state forest for logging and the establishment of a well-resourced network of wildlife hospitals in key areas of the state staffed by suitably qualified personnel and veterinarians. The NSW Government has committed to a $44.7 million koala strategy, the largest financial commitment to protecting koalas in the state's history. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
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The World Wildlife Fund is using drones to drop eucalypt seeds on NSW forests burned in last summer’s bushfires in an effort to provide a future food source to help koala populations recover

Kurt the cloned horse kicking up his heels

This Sept. 1, 2020 photo provided by San Diego Zoo Global shows Kurt, a tiny horse who is actually a clone. Little Kurt looks like any other baby horse as he frolics playfully in his pen. But the 2-month-old, dun-colored colt was created by fusing cells taken from an endangered Przewalski's horse at the San Diego Zoo in 1980. The cells were infused with an egg from a domestic horse that gave birth to Kurt two months ago. The baby boy was named for Kurt Benirschke, a founder of the San Diego Zoo's Frozen Zoo, where thousands of cell cultures are stored. Scientists hope he'll help restore the Przewalski's population, which numbers only about 2,000. (Christine Simmons/San Diego Zoo Global via AP)
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In a world first, scientists have cloned a rare, endangered Przewalski’s horse. They used cells taken from a stallion 40 years ago and fused them with an egg from a domestic horse

Tree-hugging tiger photo wins wildlife award

Wildlife Photographer of the Year winners announced -  The embrace by Sergey Gorshkov, Russia
Winner 2020, Animals in their Environment, GRAND TITLE WINNER

With an expression of sheer ecstasy, a tigress hugs an ancient Manchurian fir, rubbing her cheek against bark to leave secretions from her scent glands. She is an Amur, or Siberian, tiger, here in the Land of the Leopard National Park, in the Russian Far East. The race – now regarded as the same subspecies as the Bengal tiger – is found only in this region, with a small number surviving over the border in China and possibly a few in North Korea. Hunted almost to extinction in the past century, the population is still threatened by poaching and logging, which also impacts their prey – mostly deer and wild boar, which are also hunted. But recent (unpublished) camera‑trap surveys indicate that greater protection may have resulted in a population of possibly 500–600 – an increase that it is hoped a future formal census may confirm. Low prey densities mean that tiger territories are huge. Sergey knew his chances were slim but was determined to take a picture of the totem animal of his Siberian homeland. Scouring the forest for signs, focusing on trees along regular routes where tigers might have left messages – scent, hairs, urine or scratch marks – he installed his first proper camera trap in January 2019, opposite this grand fir. But it was not until November that he achieved the picture he had planned for, of a magnificent tigress in her Siberian forest environment.  

Nikon Z-7 + 50mm f1.8 lens; 1/200 sec at f6.3; ISO 250; Cognisys camera-trap system.
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Judges called this photo of a Siberian tiger a “scene like no other” and declared it the overall winning entry in the Wildlife Photographer Of The Year competition. See all the winning photos

Tardigrades found with glowing blue UV shield

A species of tardigrade that glows blue in UV light. Picture: Suma et al/Biology Letters
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Scientists have discovered a new species of tardigrade with a new superpower — a blue fluorescent coating — that protects them and other living things it is painted onto against extreme UV light

Rat wins top bravery award for landmine work

TOPSHOT - An undated handout picture released by UK veterinary charity PDSA on September 25, 2020 shows Magawa, an African giant pouched rat wearing his gold medal received from PDSA for his work in detecting landmines in Siem Reap, Cambodia. (Photo by Handout / PDSA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /PDSA " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Magawa, a giant African pouched rat, is the first rat ever to win a British charity’s top civilian award for animal bravery, receiving the honour for searching out unexploded landmines in Cambodia

How do birds fly? Why can’t humans fly?

Taronga Zoo keepers are training one of their wedge tail eagles 'Reggie' at Athol Hall to be part of the Free Flight Bird Show. Picture: Toby Zerna
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It’s spring and that means there are soon to be a lot of baby birds learning to fly. They look awkward first go, but they soon work it out. How do they do it? And why can’t humans fly too?

Wild devils return to mainland after 3000 years

This undated handout photo released by Aussie Ark on October 1, 2020 shows a Tasmanian devil walking in the wild in mainland Australia. - Tasmanian devils have been released into the wild on Australia's mainland 3,000 years after the feisty marsupials went extinct there, in what conservationists described on October 5 as a "historic" step. (Photo by Handout / Aussie Ark / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY Australia-environment-animal RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Aussie Ark" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS --- NO ARCHIVES ---
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After what’s believed to be thousands of years, there are once again wild Tasmanian devils on the Australian mainland, with 26 reintroduced so far in the Barrington Tops National Park, NSW

Hi-tech fake eggs helping solve sea turtle crime

Green turtle. Picture: iStock.
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Scientists have used 3D-printed fake eggs containing GPS trackers to follow sea turtle eggs stolen from nests by poachers. All seven sea turtle species are listed as threatened and every egg matters

Calling all birders for big citizen science event

Bird - Fairy Wren in Song
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It’s time for Australia’s largest citizen science event, the Aussie Backyard Bird Count. Last year, 88,000 people spotted almost 3.4 million birds in the annual avian survey. What birds can you see?

All the action of the famous peregrine falcon family

Screenshot of a peregrine falcon sitting with its chicks. Picture: 367collinsfalcons.com.au
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Three peregrine falcon chicks have hatched in a nest on the side of a Melbourne skyscraper. The birds are the stars of a live webcam watched by thousands of people around the world

Bear back on duty for bushfire season

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Bear, the rescue and recovery dog as he searched for injured koalas in the wake of the Black Summer bushfires. Picture: Supplied/Foxtel
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This summer, Australian scientists will use a crew of sniffer dogs led by Bear, a border collie and Australian cattle dog cross, to find and rescue any koalas in danger from bushfires

What will you name the sea-lion pup?

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Taronga Zoo welcome the arrival of a female Australian Sea Lion pup born on July 29 to mum Nala, pictured getting used to the surroundings before being introduced to the public. Picture: Toby Zerna
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Zookeepers need your help to name a very special endangered Australian sea-lion pup who made her first public splash this week. Fewer than 25 pups are born in the wild each year