Koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) have not been seen in Kosciuszko National Park for 75 years…until now. Just recently, a male koala was spotted crossing the Snowy Mountains Highway near Blowering Dam east of Tumut. Whether it was just a rogue individual or a member of an unrecorded population remains to be seen. The closest known populations are […]
Quolls are carnivorous marsupials (genus Dasyurus) with four species found in Australia and two in New Guinea.
At 11 cm long (head and body), with a tail up to 14 cm long, Mountain Pygmy-possums are small enough to fit comfortably in your hands. A Mountain Pygmy-possum weighs an enormous 45 grams! Tiny Mountain Pygmy-possums (Burramys parvus) hibernate during winter in snow laden boulder fields on the coldest slopes of the Snowy Mountains.
This month not for profit organisation Earthwatch are busy chasing volunteers for their expeditions to discover more about the unique and fascinating wildlife of our Cloud Forests here in Queensland…
Escape the sounds of the bustling city as you step into the lush and tranquil tropics on Earthwatch’s Wildlife of the Cloud Forests expedition. The sounds of a bird chorus at dawn and trickling waters of nearby creeks and streams will be your new home, as you immerse yourself in this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
The arrival of spring is not the only reason to celebrate in September, it’s also national biodiversity month.
It provides a chance to celebrate Australia’s magnificent flora, fauna and landscapes; and to promote the conservation of our unique native wildlife.
To wrap up NBM 2011, I thought we’d reflect a bit on what “biodiversity” means in Australia.
The Sandhill Dunnart (Sminthopsis psammophila) was first discovered in the Northern Territory during 1894 when the lead scientist on the expedition kicked the small darting animal with his boot! 117 years later, these insect-eating marsupials seem to have largely escaped intensive research, and we still know little about them.
With their floppy ears, tiny curled tail and puppy dog eyes, the Western Pygmy Possum (Cercartetus concinnus) is the cutest creature to fit in the palm of your hand…however I am slightly biased… and here’s why.
Did you know that if you look in a mature Dugong’s mouth you will find tusks? Or that they can live to over 70 years and are known to swim up to 1000km between feeding sites? Were you aware that to find a Dugong’s nipple you have to look under its armpit?
Scrambling along rocky shorelines between sea cliffs and the incoming tide. Commando crawling through boulder piles. It’s all in a day’s work when seaching for roosting sites of Australia’s elusive Coastal Sheathtail Bat (Taphozous australis).
Sweeping flourishes of green from renewed growth, splashes of brown, yellow and red where flood waters have washed away the dust and revealed new, fresh earth – and potholes the size of 44 gallon drums! And, of course, the wildlife has gone nuts!