Mike Letnic

Cane Toad

The cane toad's diet of dung beetles in Australia's tropical rangelands could be having a serious impact on cattle health,  a UNSW-led study suggests.

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It will not be simple or cheap, but fencing dams in arid areas could create "cane toad breaks" to halt the march of these invaders across the continent, writes Mike Letnic  

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Erecting fences to stop cane toads entering man-made dams to cool down in hot, dry parts of Australia is an effective way to stop their spread, UNSW-led research shows.

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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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The dingo has been classified as a distinct Australian animal with the species name Canis dingo following research that sheds new light on its defining physical characteristics. 

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Poisoning of dingoes – the top predators in the Australian bush – has a deleterious effect on small native mammals such as marsupial mice and bandicoots, a UNSW-led study shows.

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Urgent action is needed to protect large carnivores, such as the Australian dingo, from the “unforseen” environmental consequences that will accompany further declines in their numbers, an international team of ecologists has warned. 

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Research projects on evolution, dingoes, and the battle against HIV/AIDS have won three UNSW scientists prestigious Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.

Kangaroos

UNSW will host the annual scientific meeting of the Australian Mammal Society, a thee-day conference focusing on the conservation and management of a wide range of mammal species.

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