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Echidnas all over From Cairns in the north to Girraween in the south, and everywhere in between, Queensland’s EchidnaWatchers have been keeping a sharp lookout. With reports coming from locations as varied as Brisbane’s inner suburb Holland Park and Cunnamulla, western Queensland, echidnas are living up to their reputation of being Australia’s most widespread mammal. …

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By Mark Simpson The Spotted-tailed Quoll is the largest marsupial carnivore currently living on the mainland of Australia. Once widely distributed throughout the continent, it has seen a 50 to 90% reduction in Photo © Jo McLellan range since European settlement, with the current population being estimated at between 5,500 and 10,000. Both males and …

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Become a Wildlife Protector and make saving Queensland’s wildlife part of your everyday life! What is the Wildlife Protector Program In March 2004, Wildlife Queensland expanded its activities to protect and conserve Queensland’s threatened plant and animal species, and needed a sustained funding boost. The Society saw the Wildlife Protector Program as a way to …

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Koala feedingPhoto © Matt Cecil Influence of leaf chemistry on the dietary choice and habitat quality of the koala in western Queensland HUIYING WU University of Queensland Koalas are a vulnerable native Australian animal. Queensland koala populations are estimated to decline by 53 percent from 1991 to 2033. Koalas are highly selective feeders, depending on …

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Sharman’s rock-wallabyPhoto © Catherine Hayes Conservation ecology of Sharman’s rock-wallaby CATHERINE HAYES University of Queensland Mammal species that shelter in rocky refuges are likely protected to some degree from the threats driving the decline of Australia’s northern mammals (altered fire regimes, introduced predators and grazing). However, little is known about how rock-dependent mammals respond to …

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Spotted-tailed quollPhoto © Pierre Pouliquin Conservation of the spotted-tailed quoll across the Wet Tropics mountains ADRIANA UZQUEDA James Cook University The northern sub-species of the Spotted-tailed Quoll (Dasyurus maculatus gracilis) is the top marsupial carnivore in the Wet Tropics. The subspecies is genetically divergent, highly isolated, and restricted to high elevation rainforest of the Wet …

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Male Richmond birdwing butterfly (Ornithoptera richmondia)Photo © Jennifer Broomhall The recent sighting of the magnificent Richmond Birdwing butterfly in suburban Thornlands (Redlands) is fantastic news and potentially signifies that this butterfly once again is calling the Redlands home. The identification has been confirmed by Dr. Ian Gynther of the Threatened Species Partnerships – Queensland Parks …

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