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Rare Kangaroo Island dunnart under threat from feral cats

A rare Kangaroo Island dunnart in its natural habitat. Photo by Brad Leue/Australian Wildlife Conservancy.

A study involving researchers from the University of Adelaide has found that feral cats are putting the critically endangered Kangaroo Island dunnart – a small, mouse-sized marsupial found only on Kangaroo Island – to the brink of extinction.

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Citizens recruited to unlock the secret lives of echidnas

Echidna image

Researchers at the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute and members of the general public have recorded the largest number of echidna sightings across Australia to aid in the conservation of the iconic mammal.

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Smuggling bear parts in Australia and NZ

Bear

Australia doesn’t have any native bears, yet our involvement in the illegal trade of bear parts and products is sadly a different story.

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Hidden costs of global illegal wildlife trade

a sulcata tortoise

An international team of experts, including researchers from the University of Adelaide, has highlighted that the illegal and unsustainable global wildlife trade has bigger ramifications on our everyday lives than you might think.

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Echidna conservation science initiative a finalist in Eureka Awards

Echidna with alpacas

The University of Adelaide’s Echidna Conservation Science Initiative (EchidnaCSI) is a finalist in the Australian Museum’s 2021 Eureka Prizes.

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US’s influence on Australia’s illegal pet trade

Reptile species at high risk of smuggling into Australia.

In a study published in Conversation Letters, researchers at the University of Adelaide compared the illegal smuggling of live reptiles – including lizards, snakes and turtles – into Australia, to the unregulated pet trade of reptiles in the United States (US), to understand better the drivers of illegal wildlife trade, and develop a framework for anticipating future trends in wildlife smuggling.

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Don’t focus on genetic diversity to save our species

rock wallaby image

Scientists at the University of Adelaide have challenged the common assumption that genetic diversity of a species is a key indicator of extinction risk. 

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