Conservation

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The dingo has a far greater impact on the Australian landscape than previously thought, new research reveals.

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Evidence that populations of the platypus are in decline across Australia – to extinction in some locations – has sparked a UNSW-led research project to assess the iconic animal's conservation status.

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How do African farmers stop lions attacking their cattle? Paint the cows’ backsides, of course. Some lateral thinking by conservation biologist Neil Jordan.

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Deforestation threatens much of Australia’s extraordinary biodiversity and, if not redressed, will blight the environmental legacy we leave future generations, warn scientists including Richard Kingsford, Martine Maron and Brendan Wintle.

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Hundreds of scientists have expressed alarm at Australia’s increasing rate of destruction of native vegetation and called for governments to take action to stop habitat loss.

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A unique study tracking African wild dogs wearing high-tech collars has overturned conventional wisdom about how the endangered species hunts prey.

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Australia’s largest predator, the dingo, is resistant to one of the main threats to its survival as a species – changes to skull shape brought about by hybridisation, research shows.

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Introducing Australian emus and cassowaries to New Zealand to fill the ecological gap left by the extinction of the moa would most likely fail, reconstructions of the giant flightless birds' feeding behaviours show.

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Campaigners against commercial kangaroo harvesting say it's unsustainable and have convinced California to extend a ban on kangaroo imports. Their concern is misplaced and misleading, write Rosie Cooney, John Woinarski and Christopher Johnson.

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The first worldwide study of animals and the seeds they eat has overturned a long-held assumption – that large animals mainly eat large seeds – with implications for conservation of species. 

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