Filtered Song The songs of whales roam the oceans and echo along Australia's coast. Every year, thousands of whales migrate along our shores. Unfortunately shark and fishing nets often cross their paths. Entanglements are not uncommon, leaving trapped whales struggling to breathe. Regulating the types of nets used and their time left in the water could reduce the number of entanglements and deaths of whales and other marine life.
Unfamiliar Herd Non-native species bring great change into Australia's fragile ecosystem. Deer brought into Australia in the 1900s are increasing in number. While the animals are not at fault for their introduction, the environment is still challenged by their growing population.
Trapped Horses were first brought to Australia by settlers to help explore and work the land. Over the years, many of these horses ran off or were set free, creating the wild brumby herds that roam the country today. Their hoofbeats signal change in every landscape they cross, as they struggle to make a home in this country where their ancestors never belonged.
Tasmanian Devils Tasmanian Devils are facing extinction. The wild population has dropped by nearly 90% due to the aggressive Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD). Thankfully sounds of hope are filling the bushland at Devil Ark, a purpose built devil breeding facility in NSW. They just released 22 of their devils into Tasmania and are working tirelessly to save this amazing species. Please visit: http://www.devilark.org.au to find out how you can help. And to learn more about what's involved in getting the devils to Tasmania please visit: http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/wildlife/2015/11/video-devil-ark-release-project
Eastern Quoll The mainland of Australia was once home to a small, squirrel-sized carnivorous marsupial called the eastern quoll. Unfortunately habitat loss and clashes with invasive species saw to the death of all but one. Then, nearly 50 years ago, a car hit the last eastern quoll on the mainland of Australia. Thankfully populations of eastern quolls still survive in Tasmania. Conservationists are hoping to reintroduce eastern quolls to the mainland, where they can help rebalance our ecosystem. To find out more about the reintroduction program and to help support the eastern quoll, please visit the Australian Ecosystems Foundation Inc. You can find a link on our Facebook page.