Vol 3 No 2 OUT NOW!
In this issue we tackle important challenges for those who work or volunteer in wildlife protection. Our articles range from the rescuing of large numbers of injured birds during duck hunting season to the commercial kangaroo industry, where the divergent perceptions of this animal, from being too many and a nuisance to being celebrated as a national icon and major tourist drawcard, play a significant role.
Jess Ison relates the sad story of the annual duck-shooting season. Hundreds of injured birds result from this sport and large numbers of protected species are killed. While the news is somewhat good, in that numbers of shooters have dwindled over the years, there is still much to do to ensure our ducks do not end up on the ‘endangered’ list.
In “Selling out the kangaroo”, Louise Boronyak highlights some of the welfare issues surrounding the commercialisation of kangaroo shooting and debunks myths about kangaroos that are used to prop up the industry. But more than this, Louise provides a positive message about how we can move away from the status quo and provide a conservation-focussed endgame.
It’s hard to imagine why some people treat wildlife with indifference as here, at the magazine, we are constantly amazed by animals. When Kay Parkin travelled to a far-flung Aussie outpost, Christmas Island, to take a look at
an area known as the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean she found incredible species, some of which live only on this island. The annual red crab migration, where millions of these creatures make their way to the sea to spawn by literally flowing through the town do so, is breathtaking.
Our beautiful cover this month of a pair of Tawny Frogmouths was taken by John Cooper. Inside, he tells you all about how he managed to document their nightly activities and capture these gorgeous photos.
And while talking about covers, Wildlife Secrets has made it as a finalist in
the prestigious Maggies, awards given each year to highlight Australia’s best
magazine covers. We are incredibly delighted to have been nominated in thez Science, Technology and Nature category, where we go head to head with
four other entries. Have a look at their website: www.themaggies.com.au/ and
wish us luck!
Featured in this month’s magazine:
Secret places: Christmas Island
This amazing island often gets bad press because of its human activity, but did you know it is known as the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean? With seven species of bird and three species of reptile found nowhere else on Earth, and hundreds of other animals to look out for, Kay Parkin thinks it deserves that moniker. And the crab migration in November is legendary. If you’re a nature lover, this is the place to be.
Is it a branch or is it a bird? Don’t worry, you are not alone if you can’t tell a Tawny Frogmouth from a broken limb of a tree. They are masters of disguise. But John Cooper has their number and is happy to reveal their secrets.
Selling out the kangaroo
Seen as a pest by many, who should worry about the commercial kangaroo meat industry? Well, we all should. Kangaroos are taken from the wild, and the often-random killing of this iconic Australian animal is causing widespread problems that might just see the demise of one of our biggest tourist drawcards. Louise Boronyak says that unless we act now it may be too late.
Duck shooting through the eyes of a rescuer
Jess Ison is a member of the Coalition Against Duck Shooting, and here she takes us into the water, often putting herself in harm’s way, to show us firsthand what these wildlife warriors are doing to prevent the senseless slaughter of these beautiful birds.