Tag Archives: endangered

IN PICTURES: IT’S ALL ABOUT BIG CATS THIS WORLD WILDLIFE DAY, 2018

They’re the apex predators seriously threatened by poaching and shrinking habitats, yet few animals capture the imagination like the big cats. We put their image on everything from car company logos to footy jerseys – yet the reality of life for these sentient wildlings is so far removed from our everyday understanding that it takes […]

TRAVEL: Slip off the grid in Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest

Great Bear is one of the last remaining tracts of temperate rainforest on the planet – it sprawls along the remote west coast of British Columbia, Canada, almost twice the size of Belgium. And though logging is permitted in some spots, there’s still plenty of virgin old growth forest around Smith Inlet, where you’ll find […]

IN PICTURES: Boobies, Frigates & More Iconic Birds of The Galapagos

Galapagos finches are legendary – after all, they form the backbone of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. And they’re in fine company – according to the Galapagos Conservancy, the islands are home to 56 species of native bird, and 45 of those are endemic (ie, found nowhere else on the planet). Then there are the migrants […]

INTERVIEW: Cheetah expert Dr Laurie Marker’s big wins for big cats

  If you’ve ever had the privilege of seeing a wild cheetah, you’ll understand Dr Laurie Marker’s lifelong obsession – there’s plenty to love about these intriguing (and mega photogenic) felines. They have a tough time coexisting with bigger predators like lions, hyenas and leopards – yet they can hit speeds of 120km/h and purr like domestic […]

INTERVIEW: Wild African rhinos in the Australian bush? Ray Dearlove’s making it happen

Winston Churchill once said, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Ray Dearlove doesn’t just see an opportunity to save the rhino from certain extinction – he’s created one with The Australian Rhino Project. This ambitious plan will establish a breeding herd of white rhinos Down […]

TRAVEL: Get up in a gorilla’s grill, Rwanda

The first time I got close to a wild silverback, he turned his back and let his digestive tract do the talking with a resounding “parp”. It was not the “Dian Fossey meets Digit” love encounter I’d hoped for on my visit to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park – but I was lucky it even happened. […]

TRAVEL: Eye a tiger in Central India

Good naturalists can identify individual tigers just by looking at their head markings. Me? Even when this wild Bengal guy was less than two metres away I couldn’t see the word “cat”, clear as day, between his ears. I was in too much of a fear-tizz, convinced he was about to leap into the open-top […]

TRAVEL: Caves, lakes & singing gibbons in Khao Sok, Thailand

If you fancy a lazy beach break with a side of jungle boogie, allow me to introduce you to Khao Sok, Thailand. The 646km2 national park lies smack-bang in the middle of the Surat Thani province in the country’s south, is an easy half-day drive from both Phuket and Krabi, and offers plenty of Faunographic […]

NEWS: Rhinos evacuated from South Africa’s biggest game park

If you’re in South Africa and happen to see a rhino dangling from a helicopter, pump your fist: it’s being flown to safety in a new government bid to outsmart poachers. Last year in Kruger National Park 606 rhinos were killed by poachers – a huge hit considering only 8400-9600 white rhinos live in the […]

NEWS: Four-legged bodyguards to protect endangered Aussies

Seven Maremma dogs are being trained to protect Eastern Barred Bandicoots in a new Zoos Victoria program. Since kicking off in the late 1980s, Melbourne Zoo’s successful bandicoot breeding program has released 650 of the marsupials into fenced-off areas in Hamilton, Mount Rothwell and Woodlands Historic Park. Now, the goal is to remove the fences […]