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Saving claws with traffic laws

by on Feb.03, 2014, under Information, Mammals, Media, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia

Wildlife accident awareness campaign for drivers in Australia.

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Common Road Kill

Wildlife statistics

 

Most common locations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tips on reducing animal collisions.

Tips on reducing collisions

Tips on reducing collisions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This infographic was developed by Budget Direct.

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Wildlife Secrets Magazine : Vol 2 No 5

by on Apr.14, 2013, under Birds, Fauna, Invertebrates, Magazine, Mammals, Media, New South Wales, Queensland, Reptiles, South Australia, Subscriptions, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia

Vol 2 No 4 Cover

Vol 2 No 4 Cover

In this issue we dive into the ocean depths. Every year those most enigmatic of animals, whales, traverse our oceans, often coming close enough to shore for us to view. Described as the ‘greatest wildlife show on earth’, the inevitable network of boats that races out to meet them is no longer doing so with harpoons, thankfully, but with cameras and binoculars! In this special we look at the top spots to see whales around the country.

Further afield, Tony Holland takes us on a classic African safari – to an exotic location where you will find a dramatic world of animals only seen in Australia in the zoo. In the wilds of Africa, in particular at the Maasai Mara reserve, the savagery and wonders of life are played out in our Secret Places special.

And back home Maggie Harriman tells us about the plight of a female Wedge-tailed Eagle that needed to be separated from her nest and brood due to a serious injury.

Get ready to scroll, pinch and zoom in on your favourite animals! Wildlife Secrets now brings all the news and features across the wildlife globe right to your computers, tablets and smart phones. This issue will be released digitally and our readers will soon be able to subscribe to the digital edition as well as the print edition. Our digital apps will be ready sometime in May and will allow people to download the current edition and past editions, as well as select from multiple subscription offerings. Stay tuned by following us on Facebook or the Wildlife Secrets Blog.

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Our cover this month: Humpback whale breaches near Merimbula, NSW. Image: Wayne Reynolds

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Frilled Dragons Come Alive in Darwin.

by on Feb.14, 2013, under Fauna, Media, Queensland, Reptiles, Western Australia

Frilled Dragons Come Alive in Darwin.

Tim Cook

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One of the most iconic animals of the Top End is not the crocodile but the Frilled Lizard or Frill-necked Lizard Chlamydosaurus kingii) – or just Frillies. If you have never seen one of these in the wild it is possibly for one of two reasons. The first is bad timing; if you go before November or after March they are scarce. Usually in the wet season, these guys are very abundant and visible on roads, trees and on the ground feeding. The second reason might be that to they are rather clever chaps and to the see them is difficult. As you are walking along the track or driving the road, the frillies are usually waist to shoulder height on trees. They watch out for predators well and as the predator comes they circle around the other side and only their spindly legs give them away. Their camouflage does the rest. So look for two knobby knees at the height they might even do a peek a boo act with their head to check where you are too! Watch the video. (continue reading…)

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Macropod Training

by on Feb.03, 2013, under Information, Mammals, Media, New South Wales

Linda Dennis is proud to present the one day course, A Guide to the Care of Macropods, a Fauna First Aid lecture.

CareMacs

The course includes the following topics:

  • Meet the Macs
  • Compare the Pair
  • Rescue
  • Hydration
  • Raising Orphaned Joeys
  • The Unwell Joey
  • Housing
  • Caring for Larger Macropods
  • Release

 


If you would like to book a Fauna First Aid session please contact Linda atlinda@fourthcrossingwildlife.com.

Go to Wild Training for latest course information.

 

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The Keeper and the Kept – great zoo keepers book.

by on Sep.29, 2012, under Birds, Fauna, Information, Mammals, Media, New South Wales, Reptiles

Front Cover

 

The Keepers and the Kept

Confessions of a Zookeeper
By Terry Boylan

PUB DATE:JUNE 2011
PRICE: $29.95
FORMAT: PAPERBACK
Fuzzy & Furry Ancedotes about Life at the Zoo
The Keepers and the Kept is a ‘zoological memoir’. It is
a lighthearted and fun account of the life of a zoo, particularly
Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, from a zookeeper’s perspective.
It tells of the interesting human characters, gives insight into the
running of a zoo and of course humorous and heart-warming
animal stories. There are tales of eccentric collectors who founded
the zoo, other keepers, their feuds, practical jokes and political
machinations.
Terry describes unusual events such as animal escapes, from Taipan
snakes to rampaging elephants, including the hazards (and deaths)
of some zookeepers.
He covers the bizarre behaviours of visitors to the zoo and even
animal collecting expeditions to foreign countries. Through his
anecdotes he reveals how modern zoos have developed into the
professional organisations they are today.
“While there’s no doubt animals can behave in the strangest
ways, the oddest creatures in the zoo are still the ones
that come through the turnstiles.” Terry Boylan

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Terry Boylan worked as a zookeeper for more than 40 years at
Taronga Zoo, Melbourne and London Zoos. He is still employed as
a zookeeper by the Taronga Conservation Society. He has published
more than 20 natural history and zoological articles in magazines
and journals. This is his first book.

The Keepers and the Kept
Confessions of a Zookeeper
By Terry Boylan
Fuzzy & Furry Ancedotes about Life at the Zoo
The Keepers and the Kept is a ‘zoological memoir’. It is
a lighthearted and fun account of the life of a zoo, particularly
Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, from a zookeeper’s perspective.
It tells of the interesting human characters, gives insight into the
running of a zoo and of course humorous and heart-warming
animal stories. There are tales of eccentric collectors who founded
the zoo, other keepers, their feuds, practical jokes and political
machinations.
Terry describes unusual events such as animal escapes, from Taipan
snakes to rampaging elephants, including the hazards (and deaths)
of some zookeepers.
He covers the bizarre behaviours of visitors to the zoo and even
animal collecting expeditions to foreign countries. Through his
anecdotes he reveals how modern zoos have developed into the
professional organisations they are today.
“While there’s no doubt animals can behave in the strangest
ways, the oddest creatures in the zoo are still the ones
that come through the turnstiles.” Terry Boylan
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Terry Boylan worked as a zookeeper for more than 40 years at
Taronga Zoo, Melbourne and London Zoos. He is still employed as
a zookeeper by the Taronga Conservation Society. He has published
more than 20 natural history and zoological articles in magazines
and journals. This is his first book.

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Spring: What to watch for

by on Sep.12, 2012, under Birds, Fauna, Information, Invertebrates, Location, Magazine, Mammals, Media, New South Wales, Queensland, Reptiles, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia

 

Spring brings the amazing wildlife more in contact with humans than any other time of the year. Help is available for many of our injured or nuisance wildlife.

Birds will be breeding, building nests rearing young, reptiles slithering about and marsupials active from dusk to dawn. So what are some of the key things to watch for this spring.

Gang Gang Cockatoo - Steve McNeil

Birds

 

Nests

Bird nest – Tania Begg

Nest building animals, collecting hair, fibrous, leaves, twine are often collected and cause havoc for adults and often young birds caught around the nest. remeber to keep string, twine and fishing line in the bin not on the ground. Why? Adults and young birds often get entangled when they use it around the nest. When parent birds are building the nest keep a low profile try to avoid the arae of that tree and keep all domestic animals from being a threat especially that fat cat!

 

Fledglings

Tawny Frogmouth fledgling – Tania Begg

With all the strong winds several eastern states have had already. Many reports of nestlings and baby birds are flooding in. Mortality is high as nests have been blown out of their trees or shrubs.

In late spring beware the fledglings, often seen on the ground rather adult looking, I describe them as like human teenagers adult like but without their drivers license or in the birds case a flight license. Adults will feed them on the ground in many cases e.g. Magpies, Noisy Miners,

 

Swooping birds

Magpie breeding season is well under way. Swooping magpies seem to be in every town. Usually associated with nests in high traffic areas, typically the more harassed or in conflict the more intense the swooping.

 

The other swooping bird the Plover will be seen swooping people. They nest in yards with long grass or around roundabouts, park lands and within water ways. The hatchlings are remarkable once free of the egg, will quickly be able to walk and follow the parents to a new feeding site. They remain close to the parents for several weeks.

 

The very important facet to understand is to limit the aggression by avoiding conflict. Magpies in particular get more prone to swooping if there is regular conflict daily. Some magpies will actually target a type or size of person that travels near rhe nest if there has been a direct confrontation in the past e..g. Adult men who have kidnap a fledgling in the past. That magpie then targets men while less hostile toward women. Swooping birds can often be more apparent when there is a fledgling bird on the ground. Often fledgling birds are fine t be left alone in the care of the adults. See volume 1 no 2 Australian Wildlife Secrets “Don’t be a birdnapper”.

 

Echidna burrowing

 Montreme

Echidna

The warm weather stimulates the inerterbrates including the massive armies of the ants. Warm weather is also a precursor for the Echidna to begin his wide searching of ants. Wandering widely often get bailed up by dogs or can be seen in yards wandering around. Trick is to leave them alone let them wander and leave on their own even in dense suburbia yes.

Swamp Wallaby

 

Marsupials

Kangaroos and less so wallabies will inevitably graze along roadsides at dusk. Drive safely and sow down around grazing roo’s. Pouch checks of dead macropods,  are critical for the joeys at this time of the year. Report all dead roos to your wildlife groups. most dead inspected/pouch checked macropods will have a marking like an X spray painted on them.

 

Possums and gliders, its time for large amounts of babies or joeys more accurately. Ringtail possums can carry up to 3 joeys usually 2 on average and are very prone to losing one or two through misadventure. Brush tailed possums usually carry one sometimes two joeys.  This leads to a large amount of joeys being reported from the ground. Predators like cats and dogs are also a major problem during spring. Orphans are rescued by most wildlife groups and always ring your hotline when a joey is found on the ground during the day or signs of injury.

 

Reptiles

Diamond Python

Snakes

Spring is a time to slough the skin, for boys to chase the ladies for kilometers, feed as much to replenish lost fat stores from winter dormancy. Snakes can be sluggish in spring on mild sunny days, snakes are often slow to move away and confrontations may occur. Be alert while hiking, working along bush lands or in gardens. Always get professional help to deal with regular snake appearances otherwise develop a tolerance and safety plan for a snake visit.

Blotched Blue Tongue

 

Lizards

Found basking in yards or around parks and large native gardens are very common in spring. The enormous amount of lizards that emerge in spring, basking along fences, roads and moving in search of mates. Care is needed when mowing especially as the lizards may be sluggish in the first few weeks. Wandering monitors are more likely when weather is over 30 degrees. Watch out for basking lizards on roads.

 

Red - eyed Tree Frog

Frogs

If good rains continue we will see an emerging bonanza of frogs this year, calling incessantly often driving some people to lose sleep! This can be remedy by playing your favorite music softly to offset the frog chorus. However the frogs after many years of drought and poor breeding while resurge, tadpoles will appear in many dams, ponds and roadside ditches. Please remember not to move tadpoles or frogs from one location to another. As this can cause disease to be spread from one region to another, cause imbalance and reintroduction of cane toads.

 

 

Marine Mammals

Yearlings are often reported in seal prone areas of bays, coastlines and estuaries. Often around piers where often fisherman feed them scarps or they feed on discarded off cuts. Tired New Zealand fur seals, leopard seal and Sub Antarctic seals can rest along the coastlines. While distressed public feel sorry for them it usually is only a wait and see approach before they wander back.

 Mammals

 

Microbat FNQ hangs from ceiling.

Microbats

The warmer months also means more microbat activity. These winged wonders are silently racing through the night grabbing millions of insects. It may occur that colonies roost in your roof space. The high pitch squeaks may be heard by those with very good hearing. Not to be confused with the rats or possum that are very noisy to pretty much all.

 

Contact your state body conservation department or local wildlife shelter or rescue group for assistance and advice.

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