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2008-09-19 19:30:00

For the first time ever, scientists will use satellites in space to monitor the fluctuations of endangered species populations. The scientists will use satellite photos to count and monitor giant kangaroo rats, a key indicator for the health of a dry plains environment. The photos will be obtained from the same satellites the Israeli defense forces use, and will be compared with 30 years of satellite images released this month by the U.S. Geological Survey.  Researchers aim to use this...

2008-08-30 09:00:36

By Susan Mansfield South Australia is wildlife heaven. Even the elusive duck-billed platypus puts in an appearance if you're lucky THERE are bubbles on the pond surface, a circle of them, as if someone is boiling a kettle under the water. This is the first sign that I'm about to encounter one of Australia's shyest, most elusive animals, the one I've come half-way round the world in hope of seeing: a duck-billed platypus. Then the creature that produced the bubbles surfaces, swims a...

2008-08-27 03:00:32

By Donnelly, Alison Broadcasters face a struggle to rival the BBC's iPlayer, but also to profit from their VoD offerings. By Alison Donnelly The success of the BBC's much-lauded iPlayer service has catapulted the phrase 'video-on-demand' (VoD) into the vernacular. Watching television on the internet is no longer the preserve of the tech-sawy. Such is the speed of uptake that broadcasters are already under pressure to deliver a service that is faster, easier to navigate and more enticing...

2008-08-12 14:15:00

Experts in Britain and Australia report that many prehistoric species became extinct as a result of humans, not climate change.  In places like Tasmania, human hunting may have wiped out the large ancient animals, the scientists said. It's a pattern that may also have played out on other islands throughout the world, such as Great Britain.  For years, scientists have debated the underlying cause of widespread extinctions of a large numbers of species during the end of the last Ice...

2008-07-21 00:00:13

By The Associated Press SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - An elderly woman was attacked by a large kangaroo on a farm in Australia and was lucky to be alive after a pet dog leapt to her aid, her son said Saturday. The 6-foot-5-inch kangaroo lunged without warning at 65-year-old Rosemary Neal as she went to check on some horses in a paddock on the property near Mudgee, 160 miles northwest of Sydney, on Friday, son Darren Neal said. The kangaroo "just jumped up and launched straight at her,"...

2008-06-29 06:02:19

By Price, Gilbert Analysis of thousands of Diprotodon fossils has resolved the debate about how many species of this ancient giant wombat existed - and uncovered some clues to their behaviour. Imagine you could travel back in time to a period not more than 100,000 years ago. What sort of world would you have seen? What was the landscape like ? What sort of animals would you likely encounter? This was a harsh period in the Earth's history, subjected to massive shifts in climate and...

2008-05-19 00:50:00

Despite the prevention of a cull of kangaroos six weeks ago by media attention and widespread protests, it inevitably (according to the RSPCA) began on Monday on Commonwealth Defense land. According to those who are carrying out the killings, they are necessary due to not only an overpopulation at the Belconnen Naval Transmission site near Canberra, but also to the possibility of the kangaroos starving this winter. More than four times the sustainable level of kangaroos live at the site...

2008-03-16 10:30:00

Scores of protesters assembled at the gate of a disused naval communications station in the Australian capital of Canberra Saturday to prevent the government from slaughtering 400 eastern gray kangaroos.The government claims the animals are to blame for destroying the grassy habitat of rare insects and lizards.The Australian Defense Department said it will not shoot the animals, citing public safety concerns, but will instead fire tranquilizer darts before administering lethal injections to...

2007-04-10 09:00:00

By ROD McGUIRK CANBERRA, Australia - Scientists are planning to move Tasmanian devils - the Australian marsupial made famous as a snarling, whirlwind character in Warner Bros. cartoons - to an island sanctuary to avert the animals' threatened extinction from a mysterious cancer. But some scientists fear that in their haste to save the species, authorities could wreak further environmental damage and risk the survival of other endangered animals by introducing the devils into a habitat...

2006-12-26 09:58:53

CANBERRA, Australia - Australia's giant prehistoric animals, including 10-foot-tall kangaroos and wombat-like creatures as big as a rhinoceros, were likely wiped out by aboriginal settlers, not climate change, a researcher said Tuesday. The question of what killed Australia's so-called megafauna during the last Ice Age divides paleontologists. The most popular theories are that climate change drove the giants to extinction more than 40,000 years ago or that Aborigines, who arrived in...

Latest Kangaroo Reference Libraries

Tammar Wallaby, Macropus eugenii
2013-08-21 14:39:46

The tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii), also known as the darma wallaby or dama wallaby, is a marsupial that can be found in western and southern areas of Australia. It has also been introduced into areas of Australia where it once lived and into New Zealand. It prefers a habitat within grassland areas. The tammar wallaby was first discovered in 1817 by a French naturalist named Anselme Gaëtan Desmarest. He found the wallaby on Ile Eugene, an island off the coast of Southern Australia, and...

Goodfellow’s Tree-kangaroo, Dendrolagus goodfellowi
2013-08-19 13:25:33

Goodfellow’s tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus goodfellowi), also known as the ornate tree-kangaroo, is a marsupial that can be found in New Guinea and along the border of Irian Jaya in Indonesia. This species received its scientific name in honor of Walter Goodfellow, a British zoological collector. This species holds two recognized subspecies, Dendrolagus goodfellowi goodfellowi and Buergers' tree-kangaroo. Goodfellow’s tree-kangaroo appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of...

Doria’s Tree-kangaroo, Dendrolagus dorianus
2013-08-19 10:46:25

Doria’s tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus dorianus) is a marsupial that can be found in New Guinea. It prefers a habitat within montane forests, at elevations between 1,968 and 11,975 feet. The species was given its scientific name by Edward Pierson Ramsay in 1883, in honor of Giacomo Doria. It is one of the largest species in its genus, reaching an average body length between 1.6 and 2.5 feet, with an average tail length between 1.4 and 2.1 feet. Its body is typically dark brown in color, while...

Matschie's Tree-kangaroo, Dendrolagus matschiei
2013-08-19 10:43:00

Matschie's tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus matschiei) is a marsupial that is only found on the Huon Peninsula of northeastern New Guinea. Its other common name, the Huon tree-kangaroo, is derived from its restricted location, although it does appear on the neighboring island of Umboi where it is thought to have been introduced. This species prefers to reside in tropical rainforests or deciduous forests and is typically found in northeastern areas of the island. Matschie’s tree-kangaroo can...

Grizzled Tree-Kangaroo, Dendrolagus inustus
2013-08-16 10:25:08

The grizzled tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus inustus) is a marsupial that can be found in western and northern areas of New Guinea. Its range also includes the island of Yapen, and it is thought to possibly occur on Waigeo and Salawati, although this has not been confirmed. It prefers a habitat within mid-montane and lowland tropical forests. It has been found in both primary and secondary forests. This species is rare to encounter, but it is thought to occur in larger numbers in areas where...

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