Photo © Martin Cohen
Who Lives & Who Dies?
Endurance has been in our thoughts of late, this magazine having reached its 50th year in June. We celebrate Australian plants and animals with unusually long lives and ponder the fate of plants that have outlasted the giants that once ate them. But, more sombrely, we reflect on losses in the past half-century – extinctions are as modern as iPads and reality TV.
Enduring Australians: Millenarians and Centenarians
One way in which organisms most vary is in lifespans, which range from
thousands of years for some plants to just weeks for some animals. We pay homage to Australia’s most enduring organisms.
50 Years of Extinction
The 50 years gone by since Wildlife Australia was founded provide a chance to reflect on the animals and plants Australia has lost over half a century and ask what their passing means.
Thabu, the Papauan black snake
Photo © Tom Parkin
What Happened to the Megafauna?
The demise of Australia’s Pleistocene giants has been one of the great ecological whodunnits. The evidence is strong that hunting played the major role.
Plants that Miss the Megafauna
Next time a thorn tears your clothes or you find large fruits rotting under a tree, try looking to the past for explanations. Australia is a land now empty of giant plant-eaters, but the plants remain.
Thabu, the Black Snake of Saibai
Luke Allen and Tom Parkin
In a remote outpost of Australia that few Australians know anything about, we visit a reclusive snake and a human population facing an uncertain future.
Fifty Years of Urban Ecology
Many native species have demonstrated extraordinary abilities to adapt quickly to urban landscapes, giving rise to the also dynamic discipline of .urban ecology.
Raising an Old Glider’s Ghost
Steve Van Dyck
A six year search for an arboreal master of obscurity makes for one of Australia’s classic natural history tales.
King’s holly (Lomatia tasmanica
Photo © Natalie Tapson
Keeping the Ghostly Glider
More and more people are determined to keep the mahogany glider from extinction.
Digging into EIA
As business interests lobby to weaken our national environmental law, a conservationist probes the flaws that deter achievement of its objects.
Campaigns of Consequence: Saving an Island, a Forest, a River
Thirty years have passed since Tasmania’s Franklin River was saved, a timely opportunity to explore the significance of three iconic campaigns for today’s environmental challenges.
A Flock of Bird Books
Repellent bird names, a drab brown rail and a group of birds named after the god of love are engrossing avian topics in four new books reviewed.
Bewilderness – Can We Save It?
We are urged to fight for confusion and mystification, not universal understanding.