World tiger numbers have risen for the first time in 100 years, marking a turning point in the animal’s fight against poaching and habitat loss. Figures from national surveys in tiger range states and from the International Union for Conservation of Nature estimate there are 3 890 tigers in the wild, 700 more than the 2010 figure. The World Wildlife Fund Australia’s national manager for species, Darren Grover, says the increase is likely a result of ramped up conservation efforts in India, Russia, Nepal and Bhutan.
In collaboration with several Australian universities, Wildlife Health Australia (WHA) is launching a program to surveil Australian wildlife, enabling faster detection of and response to emerging diseases in animal populations. Dr Sam Gilchrist is a part of the one-year pilot program, and says it will deliver faster identification of issues and a valuable national perspective on new research opportunities.
Researchers have discovered a record 20 new fish species while conducting fieldwork in the remote Kimberley, unveiling it as Australia’s most biodiverse region for freshwater fish. I spoke to Matthew Le Feuvre, an aquatic ecologist with the University of Melbourne who was part of the research up there, about this discovery.
– Sydney aid summit strengthens resolutions
– Online toolkit launched for families of missing persons
– Indonesia recalls ambassadors, rebukes Australia
– Indonesian zoo ‘torturing’ its animals
– Boys at risk of HPV without vaccinations
– MAVEN to travel to Mars
– Potential changes to OP system
– Indonesia gives ultimatum: Two days to apologise
– One in 10 Federal Police under investigation Continue reading 4zzz Headlines (Pt. 17)
– Go card loopholes wiped out
– Koala killing woodchipper company rebuked
– Stroke sufferers going without basic care
– PM Abbott declares end to Afghan War
– First global skin cancer conference held in Brisbane
– Global warming brings irrukandji to Queensland waters Continue reading 4zzz Headlines (Pt. 14)