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2006-08-23 00:50:00

By James Grubel CANBERRA -- Kangaroos around Australia's national capital will soon be fed a contraceptive pill by authorities trying to control their booming population. The move has been welcomed by Canberra animal rights advocates, who said feeding contraceptives to kangaroos was better than culling the animals. "It's definitely a lot better than shooting kangaroos," Animal Liberation spokeswoman Simone Gray told Reuters on Wednesday. "In our nation's capital, it certainly isn't...

2006-08-15 02:40:00

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Giant prehistoric kangaroos and wombat-like creatures the size of hippopotamuses were not killed off by human hunters but by climate change and starvation, an Australian study has found. The study, based on the re-excavation of a site at Lake Menindee in western New South Wales state, found strong evidence that the cold climates of the last Ice Age were followed by a drought which caused the mammals to starve to death. The site was first studied in the 1950s, when...

2006-08-15 02:40:00

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Giant prehistoric kangaroos and wombat-like creatures the size of hippopotamuses were not killed off by human hunters but by climate change and starvation, an Australian study has found. The study, based on the re-excavation of a site at Lake Menindee in western New South Wales state, found strong evidence that the cold climates of the last Ice Age were followed by a drought which caused the mammals to starve to death. The site was first studied in the 1950s, when...

2006-08-15 02:40:00

SYDNEY -- Giant prehistoric kangaroos and wombat-like creatures the size of hippopotamuses were not killed off by human hunters but by climate change and starvation, an Australian study has found. The study, based on the re-excavation of a site at Lake Menindee in western New South Wales state, found strong evidence that the cold climates of the last Ice Age were followed by a drought which caused the mammals to starve to death. The site was first studied in the 1950s, when scientists argued...

2006-07-12 02:15:00

SYDNEY -- Forget cute, cuddly marsupials. A team of Australian paleontologists say they have found the fossilized remains of a fanged killer kangaroo and what they describe as a "demon duck of doom." A University of New South Wales team said the fearsome fossils were among 20 previously unknown species uncovered at a site in northwest Queensland state. Professor Michael Archer said on Wednesday the remains of a meat-eating kangaroo with wolf-like fangs were found as well as a galloping...

2006-06-27 00:40:00

SYDNEY -- Australian researchers say they have discovered a new repellent that can help with everything from rehabilitating old mine sites to reducing the amount of roadkill: dingo urine. Researchers at Curtin University have been startled by the effectiveness of urine from Australia's wild dogs in scaring off kangaroos which chew through areas of new-growth vegetation. The university's Michael Parsons said the discovery could have important applications in helping to reestablish plant life...

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2006-03-24 06:45:00

INNISFAIL, Australia -- Since Cyclone Larry hit early Monday, Joey the wallaby hasn't been seen. And the whereabouts of nearly 50 other kangaroos and related species at Margaret Tabone's crocodile farm are unknown. "We can't find them yet - hopefully they're going to be somewhere and hopefully they're going to be alive," Tabone said Thursday. Tabone, 64, reared the small kangaroo-like creature on her farm since Joey was just a hairless baby, after the wallaby's mother died. Even the...

2005-07-07 13:08:17

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A study of ancient eggshells and teeth supports the controversial theory that early humans caused the extinction of many of Australia's huge animals by setting brush fires, researchers said on Thursday. The study also showed why it sometimes does not pay to be a picky eater -- the giant birds that were more choosy about their diets perished, while the indiscriminate emu survived. "We speculate that human firing of landscapes rapidly converted a drought-adapted mosaic...


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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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