Conservation

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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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UNSW scientists are at the forefront of conserving, protecting and better understanding our Australian native mammals.

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UNSW scientists will reintroduce burrowing bettongs, bilbies and other native mammals into large, predator-free enclosures in the state's west, as part of a new NSW Government initiative to protect threatened species.

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Set largely in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, this film by UNSW PhD candidate Daniel Hunter explores the role of dingoes in forests and demonstrates their removal is having negative repercussions on ecosystems. The full documentary will be launced at UNSW in May.

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Satellite images are a powerful tools for identifying water bodies important to aquatic species' survival in a drying climate, a UNSW-led study shows.

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UNSW biologist Professor Richard Kingsford is a key scientific member of a partnership that has won a $200,000 prize for its work protecting the iconic Lake Eyre Basin river system.

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The world has an obligation to help the Pacific Islands conserve their unique ecosystems which are a vital reservoir of biodiversity and source of natural resources, says Richard Kingsford.

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Fishers can help protect our shore-nesting birds from predatory ravens by burying or disposing of their fish waste, a UNSW-led study shows. 

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How far should we go to save species from extinction? A new field of research is questioning the ethical and cultural limits of conservation efforts.

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Wildlife photography acts as a torch, shining a light onto the face of extinction so that extraordinary species are not lost to the darkness. But it is then up to the rest of us to act and make a change, writes Dustin Welbourne. 

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