Archive for ‘Koala’

Koalas killed after loggers bulldoze tree plantation.

Hundreds of koalas have allegedly been killed during a logging operation in a regional Australian forest according to wildlife volunteers. Upwards of 500 koalas are thought to have died. This is on top of hundreds of thousands who lost their lives in the devastating bushfires that have obliterated their homes in recent weeks.

Blue gum trees – an important koala habitat – were harvested from the plantation in December, leaving only a few isolated stands of trees. Some koalas had starved to death in the remaining trees. Others were apparently killed by bulldozers brought in to clear the remaining trees following the fires in recent weeks. About 80 surviving koalas have been removed and are being cared for.

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Cats kill 1-million birds a day in Australia as bush fires decimate native wildlife.

Not long ago I was walking in the Australian bush admiring the scenary and wildlife when wild cat ran in front of me. Now I don’t know what your impression of a wild or feral cat is like but to me this fella looked like a monster. He was twice the size of a domestic cat and his fangs were very prominent. The picture above gives you some idea of how a once domestic cat evolves once it gets into the wild.

Later that night while trying to get some sleep I heard a loud crashing sound. A feral cat had come into my camp and was attempting to make off with some of the cooking gear. Although all my food was sealed in containers his curiosity got the better of him.

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Rare species wiped out following devastating fires in South Australia

Kangaroo Island is renowned for its native wildlife — the koalas are disease-free, the bees create the purest honey and it is home to one of Australia’s rarest marsupials.But bushfires that ravaged the 4,400-square-kilometre island have left wildlife experts concerned about the future of some of its threatened species. About a third of the island has been charred. The fire has devastated the Flinders Chase National Park, which is home to koalas, kangaroos, rare birds and marsupials. Threatened Species Recovery Hub deputy director John Woinarski — who is also a professor at Charles Darwin University — said the fires across Australia had been a “holocaust of destruction” for wildlife. “There’s almost no considerable habitat remaining for many species. That leads to local extinction events,” he said. “Places like Kangaroo Island, where much of the landscape has been burnt in a really homogenous and extreme manner, that may mean some of the plant and animal species … may have been eliminated completely. “Certainly, their population liability would have crashed for many of these species and their risk of extinction has been substantially increased.”

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