Leadbeater’s possum on the brink of extinction

http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/leadbeaters-possum-on-the-brink.htm TIME IS RUNNING OUT for the once thought extinct Leadbeater's possum (gymnobelideus leadbeateri). The possum, named after taxidermist John Leadbeater, was first declared extinct in the 1950s but was given a second chance at survival when a colony was rediscovered in a forest in Marysville in the 1960s. So significant was the occasion that Victoria made the small marsupial its state faunal emblem. About 40 to 50 per cent of the Leadbeater's habitat was wiped out during the Black Saturday ...

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Captive breeding program for endangered Leadbeater’s possum

Dr Dan Harley talks to Ali Moore about Healesville Sanctuary's Leadbeater's possum breeding program http://www.abc.net.au/local/audio/2012/05/22/3508428.htm Dr Dan Harley has been working with the Leadbeater's Possum for more than 20 years. "They're in a lot of trouble at the moment and we're kind of really at crunch time in terms of saving this species," he says. They weigh less than an apple, they fit inside a coffee cup, but their baseball bat shaped tail is the Leadbeater's possum's most distinctive feature. "When they're running around at night it's held ...

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Australia: Heatwave triggers bushfire alert

By Rowena Dela Rosa Yoon Jan 02, 2012 3:41PM UTC http://asiancorrespondent.com/73041/australia-another-heatwave-triggers-bushfire-alert/ Australia is on bushfire alert as a heatwave spreads across the southern states of Victoria and South Australia, with  temperatures soaring to over 40 degrees Celsius. One of the images on Black Saturday's bushfire in Victoria (Photo: News Ltd) Melbourne and Adelaide started the year with a daytime high of 40 degrees Celsius, AAP reported.  Sydney and Brisbane, meawhile, are reported to have a more tolerable levels at around 26-28 ...

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Native woodchipping sector in rapid decline

Warrick Jordan December 29, 2011 http://www.theage.com.au/business/native-woodchipping-sector-in-rapid-decline-20111228-1pcu0.html The aftermath of logging the world's tallest hardwood trees for woodchips in the Styx Valley, Tasmania. Photo: Dean Sewell THE Australian native forest logging industry is in dire straits. The international crash in demand for native forest woodchips has the industry desperately scrambling for replacement markets. While the native-forest sawlog sector will continue, the industrial logging model that has driven environmental destruction and ...

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State park say

By Mara Pattison-Sowden. 10th January 2012 02:00:03 AM. http://www.starnewsgroup.com.au/mail/mountain-views/326/story/146718.html The Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater's Bob Anderson, Monbulk Landcare Group's Bill Incoll, Macclesfield Landcare's Irene Pearney, Johns Hill Landcare Group and Friend of Meander Jeff Latter, and honeyeater friend David Howell with Gembrook MP Brad Battin (second from right). COMMUNITY groups and the public are being invited to have their say on a project that would form a new state park to protect Victoria's endangered flora and ...

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Zoos a breed apart for species on the brink

Ollie Milman January 8, 2012 http://www.smh.com.au/environment/animals/zoos-a-breed-apart-for-species-on-the-brink-20120107-1ppew.html Endangered: Leadbeater's possum. Photo: Dan Harley MELBOURNE'S zoos will become urban arks, breeding sanctuaries for 20 of the most at-risk species in the state, as scientists struggle to save them from extinction. Flagging a strategic shift to become a ''zoo-based conservation organisation'', Zoos Victoria - which includes Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo - has released a ''priority'' list of species ...

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Bandicoots get haven to breed

18 Jan, 2012 01:00 AM http://www.wyndhamweekly.com.au/news/local/news/general/bandicoots-get-haven-to-breed/2424139.aspx WERRIBEE Open Range Zoo is stepping up the fight to save the eastern-barred bandicoot from extinction. In a move to boost its conservation arm, Zoos Victoria, which includes Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee zoo, has released a priority list of species it says are in urgent need of help. Werribee zoo's life sciences curator, Madelon Willemsen, says her efforts are aimed at the eastern-barred bandicoot, which is endangered in mainland ...

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