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Can we have healthy people without healthy forests?

by Dr Megan Kessler,

The theme for this year’s International Day of Forests (21 March) is ‘forests and health’. It provides an opportunity to reflect on the important role that forests play in our lives and whether our national environmental laws, which are currently under review, are doing enough to ensure that future generations...

Living with dingoes

by Dr Louise Boronyak,

Farmers have often viewed dingoes as the enemy, waging war against them to protect their livestock, yet some farmers are starting to experience greater benefits by learning to coexist with them instead.  Coexistence aims to reduce the costs and enhance the benefits of living with wildlife.    Coexistence is increasingly being...

Up close with the mighty silverback by Marcus Westburg

by Humane Society International,

Marcus is a Swedish photojournalist and writer who has spent much of the last decade covering conservation issues in Africa, Asia and Scandinavia, primarily focusing on our relationship with the natural world. His work is regularly featured in publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post Magazine, bioGraphic, GEO...

Saving the sooty shearwater: a casualty of climate change  

by Lawrence Chlebeck,

Last week, HSI provided a submission to the Federal Environment Department in support of threatened species protection for a diminutive and beautiful seabird, Ardenna grisea, the sooty shearwater.  Sooty Shearwater (Ardenna grisea) - LChlebeck  While this is not really anything new for HSI (we’ve successfully nominated over 75 species including...

World Wetlands Day

by Dr Megan Kessler,

Today, Thursday 2 February is World Wetlands Day. A day that aims to raise global awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and nature. The date marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Ramsar Convention – the international convention on wetlands to which Australia is a signatory. ...

It’s time to end the import of hunting trophies into Australia

by Dr Megan Kessler,

It’s hard to believe in the current day, but did you know that Australia ranked 10th in the world for the number of trophy imports of protected mammal species?1 That’s 10th in the world for countries bringing home the body parts of wildlife hunted overseas for private display including trophies...

Last week was a big week for NSW koala populations. 

by Dr Megan Kessler,

First, HSI welcomed NSW Labor’s commitment to establish a Great Koala National Park. The Great Koala National Park, as proposed by the National Parks Association of NSW, covers 315,000 ha of public land in the Coffs Harbour region. Koalas are a dispersed species needing healthy, mature forests. That means that...

Guest Blog: Mingling Wombats

by Humane Society International,

by Paula Boer The main aim when rescuing wildlife is to return the animal to the wild, healthy and with the skills to cope. Orphaned wombats (joeys) that are hand raised on bottled milk need to learn to dig burrows, burrow etiquette when encountering other wombats, and many other coping...

Australian & Queensland govts must do more to save reef sharks from extinction

by Humane Society International,

Almost two-thirds of reef sharks and rays are threatened with extinction Queensland Govt must remove gillnets from Great Barrier Reef waters Federal Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek must fully protect the endangered scalloped hammerhead shark from fishing.   The Australian and Queensland Governments must do more to save sharks on the...

Ushering in a new era of Human-Wildlife Coexistence

by Dr Louise Boronyak,

Human-wildlife coexistence is a focus of Humane Society International Australia’s wildlife campaigns.  Coexistence means to exist together, to share landscapes and behave in ways that are mutually respectful and peaceful.   Coexistence aims to balance costs and benefits such as reducing negative interactions (conflict) and increasing positive interactions between humans and...

Will 2023 be the turning point for Australia’s extinction crisis?

by Dr Megan Kessler,

2023 holds a lot of promise for nature. The Federal Government has committed to strengthening our national environmental laws to deliver on their goal of no new extinctions. They have proposed a Nature Repair Market and have committed to a ‘Measuring What Matters Statement’ as a first step to incorporating...

Disaster Response in 2022

by Helen Church,

2022 was a tumultuous year for Australia in many ways, and our country’s extreme weather events and natural disasters have left a mark on many of us. HSI made huge strides in helping wildlife carers on the frontlines, and with our incredible donors’ support we were able to help save...

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