Geographical Location: Australia & Oceania

February 18, 2022

Watch: Eastern Australian koalas declared endangered

The Australian government has declared that koalas in eastern Australia are endangered due to disease, habitat loss and other threats. The change in status applies to koalas along the country’s...

February 11, 2022

Watch: Biologists record orcas take down massive blue whale

Biologists knew that orcas can take down some big prey. What they didn’t know was if they could take down the biggest prey. There were stories of orcas preying on...

December 16, 2021

For feral cats in Australia, implant makes native wildlife their last meal

Researchers in Australia have come up with a novel way to protect native wildlife from feral cats. Scientists with the University of South Australia developed rice-sized implants that can be...

September 8, 2021

Australian duck mimics sounds—and slings insults

Not many animals are able to learn vocalizations. Parrots, hummingbirds and some songbirds can. So can whales, seals, bats and elephants. Ducks had never made that list, but researchers recently...

August 30, 2021

Cane toads aren’t just invasive—they can also be cannibals

Invasive species can wreak havoc on native ecosystems. Sometimes, they can be their own worst enemies, too. In Australia, the cane toad (Rhinella marina) was brought in to keep down...

May 4, 2021

JWM: Wombat mange outbreak limited to north Tasmania

Sarcoptic mange hit the bare-nosed wombat population of central northern Australia hard. Narawntapu National Park used to be the go-to place for tourists and wildlife watchers to get a close-up...

March 10, 2021

Australia’s wildfires had a devastating toll

A year after Australia’s devastating 2019-2020 wildlife season ended, biologists are getting a grim picture of the impact on wildlife. Scientists say more than 500 species of plants and animals...

January 6, 2021

Wild Cam: Unearthing bilbies’ benefits

Bilbies may look like rabbits, but that’s where the similarity ends. In Australia, where the marsupials are native, the government has spent enormous amounts of money to control invasive rabbits....

December 17, 2020

Deadly cancer less of a threat to Tasmanian devils

A highly contagious face cancer was expected to devastate Tasmanian devil populations, but a new analysis paints a brighter picture. Researchers have found that the deadly disease has become less...

August 5, 2020

Australia’s bushfires spell trouble for endangered species

Australia’s recent bushfires have burned habitat for native animal species, 21 of which were already listed as threatened with extinction. Scientists used government data from satellites along with on-the-ground data...