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Australias Government Gives Koalas Threatend Species Status
2012-05-01 06:32:21

For the first time ever, koalas in some parts of Australia have been listed as a threatened species by the Australian government. Facing serious threats from climate change and urban expansion, koala populations in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Queensland have made their way onto the nation´s vulnerable species list. The list was created to keep development away from the areas where the koalas are threatened. Over the past 2 decades, the koala population has...

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2010-07-02 09:35:33

As global warming threatens many animal species with extinction, the already destructive cane toad is set to flourish with increasing temperature, say Australian scientists "The negative effect of high temperature does not operate in Cane Toads, meaning that toads will do very well with human induced global warming", explains Professor Frank Seebacher from the University of Sydney. Unlike fish and other cold-blooded creatures, whose oxygen transport system suffers at high temperatures, the...

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2010-04-13 10:54:54

Ecologists in Australia have successfully trained a critically endangered marsupial "“ the northern quoll "“ to turn its nose up at toxic cane toads. Their results, including fascinating behavioral video footage, are published today in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied Ecology and could provide conservationists with a vital new weapon in the fight against invasive species. In their new study "“ inspired by children's fairy tale 'Little Red Riding Hood'...

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2010-02-21 07:25:00

Australians have discovered a new weapon in the fight against the dreaded cane toad problem plaguing the country: cat food, reports the Associated Press. According to researchers from the University of Sydney, placing a few tablespoons of cat food next to ponds in the Northern Territory attracts ferocious meat ants. When the baby cane toads come to the surface of the water, the ants turn their attention to them and attack fiercely. The attempt to wipe out the cane toad from Australia has...

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2009-11-11 06:25:00

Conservationists are working to get Australia's koalas on the endangered species list, saying the beloved marsupial could be extinct in 30 years. According the Australian Koala Foundation, the latest survey on the animal suggests that climate chance, disease and over-development have resulted in the number of koalas dropping by probably more than half in the past six years, reported AFP. The study found between 43,000 and 80,000 koalas on mainland Australia, which is considerably less than...

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2008-12-12 09:45:00

Researchers sent out a warning on Thursday that the koala bear will become extinct in parts of Australia if the federal government does not immediately act. Several Australian scientists will convene with government officials in Canberra today in an attempt to create a national koala conservation plan that keeps thriving populations of the animals from being in danger of extinction. Fewer than 100,000 koalas are alive in Australia, contrasting the millions of them that thrived before the...

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2008-12-02 14:15:57

Researchers believe a bad back might be the only thing that can stop the relentless spread of Australia's poisonous cane toads, which are killing native animals across the nation. So far, Australia's own army couldn't stop the army of nearly 200 million cane toads. Campaigns involving residents swinging golf clubs and a plan to freeze them to death in refrigerators have both failed to contain their numbers. But scientists in Australia now believe evolution has taken over, as the cane toads...

2006-02-15 13:00:00

LONDON (Reuters) - Cane toads in Australia have developed longer legs to enable them to invade more territory, scientists said on Wednesday. The poisonous toads, which are a threat to native species, were introduced into Australia 70 years ago to control insect pests in sugar cane fields. They have since spread across one million square kilometers in the north and east of the country and have become one of the continent's worst environmental disasters. Their territory is likely to get larger...

2005-09-04 08:40:43

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Poisonous and ugly, Australia's cane toads are also suckers for nightlife. Researchers looking for ways to eradicate the toxic toads, introduced from Hawaii in 1935 and now an environmental menace, have found a way to trap them using ultra-violet "disco" lights. The pests have spread in their millions across the tropical north. Cane toads, some as big as dinner plates, can even kill crocodiles and wild dogs with their hallucinogenic venom. Australian scientists...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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