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Blog Post - Cracking The Genetic Code Of Koalas

A team of Australian and international scientists, led by Professor Rebecca Johnson, Director of the Australian Museum Research Institute and Professor Katherine Belov, University of Sydney, have made a significant break-through successfully sequencing the full koala genome. Considered to be the most complete marsupial genome sequenced to date, it is in terms of quality, on par with the human genome.  

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Blog Post - Helping Murray River Turtles Fight Back

Despite severe declining numbers, one of Australia’s favourite animals, the Murray River Turtle, are fighting back from the brink of extinction. Murray River turtles have declined by 90% in the last 40 years and in some areas of Australia, are extinct. The turtles are declining at an alarming rate and unless action is taken the entire population could be wiped out. The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife (FNPW) is currently working with Western Sydney University’s Dr Ricky Spencer and his team to implement a solution that will help save this unique national species. 

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Blog Post - Building Bungalows for Bandicoots

Southern brown bandicoot numbers in South Australia's Mount Lofty Ranges have been on a steady decline in recent years. Researchers have learned that bandicoot numbers are reduced by several factors including predators; changes in native habitats caused by humans, other animals and weeds; and also changes in climate. 

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Blog Post - Spare A Thought For These Ancient Creatures On World Turtle Day, 23 May

Across Australia, Turtles are declining at an alarming rate and as a result, our marine ecosystem is facing a significant amount of pressure. Turtles play a major role in river ecosystems due to their impact on water quality, biological diversity and general river health but there are several significant threats to their survival including commercial fishing, loss of nesting habitat and climate change. 

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Blog Post - Better The Devil You Know…

Captive breeding programs are saving the Tasmanian Devils from the brink of extinction. As one of the largest living carnivorous marsupials in the world, the endemic Australian animal once roamed throughout mainland Australia. It is now confined only to Tasmanian bushland and breeding centres in the mainland. Despite all efforts to preserve the species, it is estimated that there are less than 10% of Tasmanian Devils currently left in the wild. 

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