Featured in this month’s magazine:
The secret white kangaroo: can it survive into the future?
Sometimes nature throws up a wonderful genetic twist. One of these is the legendary white-furred animal. And when you mix that with a national icon it is stunning.
It’s winter, the water is cold, and the object of the photography shoot is as slippery as a fish! Would you dive in? Well, plenty did when the Marine Life Society of South Australia staged the inaugural Whyalla Underwater Shootout, and the images are amazing.
Q&A with the Snow Leopard researchers
Wildlife Secrets contacted an international team of Snow Leopard researchers who are supported by the Snow Leopard Trust to learn more about their important work in the Almaty State Nature Reserve in Kazakhstan.
Paul Clark not only delves deeper underground to reveal its hidden treasures, he also provides an ancient history lesson about one of Australia’s most incredible fossil finds..
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The Flat Rocks fossil site at Inverloch is located approximately 150 km south-east of Melbourne, on the south coast of Victoria. The area has special significance to Australia’s fossil history as the discovery of Australia’s first dinosaur bone, the Cape Paterson Claw, was found at a nearby site in 1903 by William Ferguson. The currently active site was discovered in 1991 when a group of researchers from Monash University and Museum Victoria were prospecting that part of the coastline for suitable locations for potential fossil dig sites. The dinosaur dreaming project annually does fossil hunts. According to the museum Victoria website they are no longer taking volunteers.
On a whim I took my daughter who is dinosaur mad out to the region.
This issue contains some fascinating insights into the life of the Freshwater Crocodile – featured on the cover – and some of our amazing lizards. We have also set up a new page called ‘Secret shutterbugs’ for those who love to delve into photographing the world of wildlife and want even more tips on getting the best shots. In an exclusive, our story about the sad and tragic world of the icon for extinction, the Thylacine or Tasmanian tiger, provides some amazing insights as well as images not published before. We’ve also got a packed ‘Secrets sightings’ with interesting and unusual tales, including ones about termites, the Rough-scaled Snake and, of course, birds and more birds. If that is not enough, let us take you inside the world of the endangered Gouldian Finch.
Volume 2 • number 2 • September/October 2012
Without a doubt, marsupials are fascinating, but over the decades many wild myths have emerged about them. In Marsupial Myths, Amy Prendergast uncovers the truth about these unique animals.
In the final instalment of our special investigation into the pros and cons of feeding wildlife, Wildlife Feeding Part 2, the Wildlife Secrets Team has put together loads of useful advice to help you understand the real needs of native animals.
John Cooper trudges across forbidden terrain . . . okay, a maze of rice field levees near Leeton in NSW . . . to rediscover a colony of egrets he once photographed there. To his surprise, they are still managing to eke out a living among the crops, but he wonders for how much longer?
There she blows . . . and what a beauty. Nicolas Entrup tells us all about the first-ever, all-white, orca killer whale to be observed by scientists. It’s a fascinating account of a rare event.
Lindsay Titmarsh goes on a quest to discover if there really is a Saltwater Crocodile in the Mary River in southeast Queensland, or if it just a local legend.
Kangaroo Island. Hop on over to this idyllic isle off the South Australian coast with Ken Griffiths and you’ll find out there is much more to discover than its namesake suggests.
Originally found in 1996 near Inverloch at dinosaur cove. The find was part of a dig by Monash University and Museum of Victoria. An original jaw bone has provided some amazing clues to the now called Qantassaurus intrepidus. The bones are believed to be from 115 million years ago. See original article Volume 1 no 2.
The jaw is slightly stubby, likely to be around 2 meters high. It ran on two legs and fed on plants.
The replicas of this dinosaur are available at Museum Victoria and Australian Museum in Sydney. It was called Qantassaurus after the Australian airline Qantas which had shipped fossils all over the country for a prior exhibit.