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Creative Cowboy films

Connecting cultures around the world through research, authorship, photography and moving image

In less than
our lifetimes

Of the nine million species on Planet Earth

One million species are threatened with extinction

40 per cent of amphibian species threatened with extinction

30 per cent reduction in global habitat

33 per cent of marine mammals threatened with extinction

Significant decline in populations of terrestrial species

Highest extinction rate in the last 10 million years

Planet Earth

“Some of the most precious moments in our lives are those spent with other animals in the natural world. Learning about the diversity of animal and plant life and filming and photographing that diversity is one of the most enthralling, enjoyable and creative things we can do”. 

The problem
“Of the nine million species that live on Planet Earth, one million species are threatened with extinction, many more will follow”.Andrea and Peter Hylands

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Life on land

"When dealing with a species people always delude themselves as to numbers, oh there are plenty of those, is the usual phrase." Gerald Durrell 1965

Earth

Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in Victoria 2023, the year so far

Quarter 2 and 3 Summary 2023 Reports for Victoria’s ‘Kangaroo Harvesting Program’ were finally published, after much chasing, in late October 2023. This is what they reveal.

Review of the Victorian Kangaroo Harvest Management Plan

Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos: Codes of Practice have failed to modify the industry-wide use of inhumane practices at all or resulted in any improvement of animal welfare outcomes.

Unpleasant histories: Mass killing of Kangaroos in Victoria’s National Parks

This story attempts to piece together the history of mass killing of native Australian species in State and National Parks in Victoria. Over 100,000 Kangaroos have been targeted since 1984, when the killing began.

2024: Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in Queensland

Three species, the Red Kangaroo, the Eastern Grey Kangaroo and the Wallaroo are exploited for commercial gain across six shooting zones in Queensland. They plan to turn 2.5 million Kangaroos into pet food in 2024. No chance of that.

How many Tasmania? Protection permits to kill Australian wildlife

10,420,536 protected native animals were killed in Tasmania in a nine year period from mid 2013 using ‘protection’ permits issued by and promoted by the Tasmanian Government, RTI documents reveal.

A walk in a wild garden

The night had been a noisy one, after the heavy monsoon rain of the afternoon there had been enough sunshine left in the day to take some of the moisture from the wet ground.

Wallaby wonders

Sitting silently in the bush alongside a Wallaby is always a joy, these are wonderful and gentle animals.

Wildlife, money and numbers

With the increasing likelihood of another bad fire season in 2023 we look back at what went on just three years ago.

Reflections

This story provides a series of short reflections about the treatment of wildlife in the State of Victoria.

Kangaroos and the US: September 2023 update

Washington D.C. Leading a bipartisan group of three Republicans and three Democrats as sponsors introduced the Kangaroo Protection Act, H.R. 4995 to ban the sale of kangaroo body parts in the United States.

Nature and war

Modest in scale, the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art manages to curate both fine and deeply intellectual exhibitions. This time we are here to see an exhibition, which touches at the very heart of our concerns for the natural world.

Victoria: Review of the Kangaroo ‘harvest management plan’

The Victorian Government has invited the public to comment, via a survey, on its latest Kangaroo 'harvest management plan'.

The reluctant ark

Disturb or destroy that habitat and you will exterminate the species as surely as if you had shot it.

The natural world

We make another journey through place and time and discover that context matters.

Never meeting commercial Kangaroo harvest quotas: What it means?

Commercial Kangaroo harvest quotas are never met.

New South Wales: Licences to harm protected Australian species

Licences to harm are non-commercial permits and with few exceptions are issued to kill protected Australian species in NSW.

Desert song

Kneeling in the soft and warmed evening sand. Letting these fine and warm grains trickle through fingers, knowing this is a beautiful and ancient place.

2023 Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in Western Australia

This analysis of the situation for Kangaroos in Western Australian in 2023 completes the analysis of all states and mainland territories in Australia for that year.

Tjoritja

Here there is a beauty formed by nature and time.

How many: The commercial exploitation of Kangaroos?

Amid silly claims and population estimates, what are the facts, how many Kangaroos are being processed for commercial gain?

When the shooters come to town

Commercial Kangaroo shooters operate during the night and are not required to advise residents when and where they are working.

Authorities to control wildlife in Victoria: How many are issued?

In 2021 in Victoria, just 2.6 per cent of the permits issued to ‘control’ Australian wildlife were for non-lethal control.

As night is day

Mr. Gore, who went out this day with his gun, had the good fortune to kill one of the animals which had been so much the subject of our speculation.

The visitor from Bahrain

Matina Tsaloumas’ poetry is inspired by the beauty and the destruction of the natural world, history, social upheaval, everyday life, and great poets through the ages.

State of confusion: Protection of wildlife in Victoria

The Australian public believe that their wildlife is protected, if they believe that they will be wrong.

Crossing country

It has not rained for a long time, the last big rains about a year ago, sending water down the now dry riverbeds.

Kangaroos and the United States

This analysis discusses the events in the United States regarding concerns about Kangaroo welfare issues and resulting actions.

2023 Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in Victoria

Shockingly, and after the floods and years of mass killing of Kangaroos, the Victorian Government claims a 24 per cent increase in Kangaroo populations.

2023 Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in New South Wales

In outback New South Wales, where there is an estimated population of just under 3 million Kangaroos, we counted just one living Kangaroo.

2023 Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in South Australia

The latest claims of population increases represent a step change in the scale and scope of the killing as they relate to the improbable claims being made.

The lonely road

What follows are our reflections on the state of wildlife, particularly Kangaroos, during extensive journeys by road across the Australian continent.

Ways and means: Killing Australian wildlife in Victoria

In the State of Victoria, here are some of the ways in which Australia’s native wildlife is killed, mostly with enthusiastic government support.

Kangaroos in the ACT (Canberra)

The ACT continues to be a leader in developing policies that push the limits of what is being done to Kangaroos, what is ‘lawful’ and what levels of cruelty are acceptable

Yamagata days: A night with the monsters

In this story we travel to snow country and meet the snow monsters.

Fair go?

Diane, from New South Wales, sounds a warning of things to come in Victoria.

The wood from the trees

Victoria and South Australia, so what happened to wildlife during the fires and the original COVID pandemic?

Jewels of the desert

It is remarkable that in the heat and dry of the Australian interior that there is such an array of plant life. The desert in spring sparkles with flowers and seedpods.

The vanishing

We go back to 2017, we begin with an island, far from the Australian mainland and remote in the Indian Ocean.

Paradoxical Frog

Nature is so incredibly precious, we disrupt the natural world at our own very great peril. Here is some history.

2023 Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in Queensland

If you want to be really angry about what is happening to wildlife populations around the world, Queensland is a very good place to start.

The Magnificent Kangaroo

Britain began its relationship with the Kangaroo in a painting by S T Edwards, published as an engraving in Museum Leverianum in 1796.

Kangaroos and Wallabies in the Northern Territory

We spend a lot of time in the Northern Territory and see very few Kangaroos.

Snapshot: Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in South Australia

The species of Kangaroo available for commercial exploitation will include three new species.

Land song

A film and a poem for the missing.

The Kangaroo, the Mayor and the car race

This is the model for all communities and reduces risk and conflict with wildlife.

Going nowhere

This story documents the RSPCA’s attempts to close a regional animal shelter.

Ways of seeing

In this story we provide brief insights as we travel the world.

Relocating Kangaroos

We take a journey back in time to 2017 and to Bathurst in New South Wales.

Nature’s time

As each year goes by there are fewer and fewer animals in the wild. Reflections from 2019.

Snake Prakash

Snake Prakash’s life, as his name suggests, is snakes.

The nature of horta or Greek greens

Peter Hylands says this is a subject that touches on my own childhood in the European Alps.

In Durrell's footsteps

In 2012 Andrea and Peter Hylands travelled to Corfu to catch up with the Durrell team.

Rinca, dragon island

The entry to Rinca Island and its landing area is also beautiful.

Salesmen, Komodos and other dangers

It is the Komodos that we have come to visit.

Counting Kangaroos in Victoria 2020

Remaining Grey Kangaroo populations will increasingly be associated with land for wildlife properties, the edge of towns, public lands and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centres.

Counting Kangaroos in Victoria: Update May 2021

After Victoria’s most catastrophic fires on record, its government claims a steep rise in the Kangaroo population.

Out of time

So in this story (from April 2021) I take another look at what is going on in Australia’s State of Victoria.

The lawless nature of Australia

January 2022, we are filming Australian wildlife at the edge of a National Park in the West of Victoria.

Snapshot: Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in Western Australia

Two species of Kangaroo are currently killed for commercial gain in Western Australia, the Red Kangaroo and the Western Grey Kangaroo.

Snapshot: Exploitation of Kangaroos and Wallabies in Tasmania

There are a number of significant concerns in relation to wildlife in Tasmania.

Shiretoko: Of the Japanese wild

As the Ainu describe it, the place where the earth ends.

Kangaroo: October 2022 update Victoria

There is plenty of evidence that Kangaroo populations in Victoria are vanishing, and fast.

Cripes, Australia is running out of Koalas

Come with us to Sydney’s very beautiful Macquarie Street and its house of wisdom and modernity. Come inside and listen.

Nature notes from an Australian summer

We spend a day in the bushlands around the farming region of Yea in the Australian state of Victoria.

Queensland: Making Terra Nullius

Queensland and its species: Extinct, threatened and vulnerable species

The Kangaroo family and the distribution of species

Regional extinctions are also commonplace as the range (distribution) of a species contracts and fragments.

South Australia: Places and species

This analysis (2018) lists the extinct, endangered, vulnerable and rare species in South Australia. Here I have just added mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian and plant species.

Cities and dreams: Understanding animal population numbers

This is a story about Kangaroos, about cities and how we visualise and understand numbers.

Counting Kangaroos

Good scientific practice requires methodologies to be replicated and repeated.

Ways of knowing

The way we treat the natural world needs a rethink, and fast.

In good hands: The story of a rescue

So with Kangaroos in mind, once more we make the long journey from Melbourne to Bathurst in New South Wales.

Endpoint: Kangaroo testimonies

What I have been through, no human should have to go through.

The Pangolin and the Kangaroo

If we destroy species and habitats, you do not have to be a genius to understand the result.

The fine line: Democracy and the abuse of wildlife in Canberra

The people who attempt to protect the wildlife are ignored and demeaned by their politicians.

We dread the moonlight

It is left to a dedicated few to pick up the pieces.

Some things never change

On the day of writing this, Australia released its State of the environment report – written last year and slipped in the draw until a change of Government in Canberra.

Cooking the books: Kangaroos in Australia

In 2017 the permits issued in Victoria to kill Red Kangaroos exceeded their entire state population estimates by 2,187 animals.

Koalas to burn: Winter and wildlife in Victoria

This report contains reflections on a trip in Western Victoria in June 2022.

Emu

This blog is about friendships with Emus and anecdotes from old friends regarding this remarkable bird.

Gerald Durrell and Corfu

What I think was so important about Corfu and Gerry’s time there was it triggered in him a lifelong and entirely focused passion about the natural world.

Kindness and cruelty: Our relationship with animals

I wanted to explore how our relationship with animals was changing as societies and cultures around the world adapt to rapidly changing circumstances.

Steve Garlick at Possumwood

In these bleak blackened landscapes of South Eastern Australia the sound of silence, of nature destroyed.

Unnatural disaster

All wildlife in these fire zones need help, not just threatened species.

Cobargo and the wildfires

The fires burned the landscapes at catastrophic scale and energy.

Snapshot: The commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in Victoria

In order to maintain the Kangaroo population estimates, new shooting zones and regions are added as others close because the Kangaroos are gone.

Snapshot: Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in New South Wales

In 2022 the population estimate has again increased to 10.9 million Kangaroos across the 15 Kangaroo shooting zones, an increase of 4.5 per cent compared to the survey results of the previous year.

Vive les Kangourous

All the way from France, Laetitia, is working as a wildlife carer at Possumwood.

Hogwash, greenwash and the killing of Canberra’s Kangaroos

In 2019 just over 4,000 Kangaroos were killed in these parks, in 2020 it was 1,958.

Snapshot: Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in Queensland

Setting the quotas for 2022 - In 2021, all 22 survey monitor blocks in Queensland were surveyed.

Trauma

Dr Rosemary Austen describes the impact of acts of extreme cruelty to Australian wildlife on human populations.

The killing begins: Isaacs Ridge, Canberra

This ACT Government says Isaacs Ridge Nature Reserve is important for conservation of local wildlife and their habitats..

A question of logic

It is the callous disregard of these residents that takes my breath away.

The Sooty Kangaroo: Pet food or threatened species?

Spin and mischief cannot conceal these terrible crimes against the natural world.

A dedicated life

One thing that would be worse than failing to achieve anything and to save anything, would be to stop trying.

Possumwood: Australian wildlife veterinary hospital

Professor Steve Garlick tells us about how the hospital provides help to Australia’s embattled wildlife.

The poor little joeys

The poor little joeys, it is just shocking what they do to them.

For the love of Kangaroos

“There is even more intimidation, this stuff is real, this stuff happens”. Greg Keightley

Chance would be a fine thing

In this film in the Kangaroo testimonies series, Emma, from Sweden, expresses her dismay about what she has learnt since visiting Australia.

Another silent spring?

Manfred Zabinskas OAM and Peter Hylands discuss the circumstances that Australia’s wildlife in Victoria is now facing.

The constant carer

What I have always noticed, since first visiting Australia, is just how wonderful individual Australian animals are.

Exclusion

In November 2021 we visited the Morning Peninsula in Victoria, specifically Cape Schanck and the immediate region.

Review of the Victorian Kangaroo Harvest Management Plan

Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos: Codes of Practice have failed to modify the industry-wide use of inhumane practices at all or resulted in any improvement of animal welfare outcomes.

Unpleasant histories: Mass killing of Kangaroos in Victoria’s National Parks

This story attempts to piece together the history of mass killing of native Australian species in State and National Parks in Victoria. Over 100,000 Kangaroos have been targeted since 1984, when the killing began.

2024: Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in Queensland

Three species, the Red Kangaroo, the Eastern Grey Kangaroo and the Wallaroo are exploited for commercial gain across six shooting zones in Queensland. They plan to turn 2.5 million Kangaroos into pet food in 2024. No chance of that.

How many Tasmania? Protection permits to kill Australian wildlife

10,420,536 protected native animals were killed in Tasmania in a nine year period from mid 2013 using ‘protection’ permits issued by and promoted by the Tasmanian Government, RTI documents reveal.

A walk in a wild garden

The night had been a noisy one, after the heavy monsoon rain of the afternoon there had been enough sunshine left in the day to take some of the moisture from the wet ground.

Wallaby wonders

Sitting silently in the bush alongside a Wallaby is always a joy, these are wonderful and gentle animals.

Wildlife, money and numbers

With the increasing likelihood of another bad fire season in 2023 we look back at what went on just three years ago.

Reflections

This story provides a series of short reflections about the treatment of wildlife in the State of Victoria.

Kangaroos and the US: September 2023 update

Washington D.C. Leading a bipartisan group of three Republicans and three Democrats as sponsors introduced the Kangaroo Protection Act, H.R. 4995 to ban the sale of kangaroo body parts in the United States.

Nature and war

Modest in scale, the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art manages to curate both fine and deeply intellectual exhibitions. This time we are here to see an exhibition, which touches at the very heart of our concerns for the natural world.

Victoria: Review of the Kangaroo ‘harvest management plan’

The Victorian Government has invited the public to comment, via a survey, on its latest Kangaroo 'harvest management plan'.

The reluctant ark

Disturb or destroy that habitat and you will exterminate the species as surely as if you had shot it.

The natural world

We make another journey through place and time and discover that context matters.

Never meeting commercial Kangaroo harvest quotas: What it means?

Commercial Kangaroo harvest quotas are never met.

New South Wales: Licences to harm protected Australian species

Licences to harm are non-commercial permits and with few exceptions are issued to kill protected Australian species in NSW.

Desert song

Kneeling in the soft and warmed evening sand. Letting these fine and warm grains trickle through fingers, knowing this is a beautiful and ancient place.

2023 Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in Western Australia

This analysis of the situation for Kangaroos in Western Australian in 2023 completes the analysis of all states and mainland territories in Australia for that year.

Tjoritja

Here there is a beauty formed by nature and time.

How many: The commercial exploitation of Kangaroos?

Amid silly claims and population estimates, what are the facts, how many Kangaroos are being processed for commercial gain?

When the shooters come to town

Commercial Kangaroo shooters operate during the night and are not required to advise residents when and where they are working.

Authorities to control wildlife in Victoria: How many are issued?

In 2021 in Victoria, just 2.6 per cent of the permits issued to ‘control’ Australian wildlife were for non-lethal control.

As night is day

Mr. Gore, who went out this day with his gun, had the good fortune to kill one of the animals which had been so much the subject of our speculation.

The visitor from Bahrain

Matina Tsaloumas’ poetry is inspired by the beauty and the destruction of the natural world, history, social upheaval, everyday life, and great poets through the ages.

State of confusion: Protection of wildlife in Victoria

The Australian public believe that their wildlife is protected, if they believe that they will be wrong.

Crossing country

It has not rained for a long time, the last big rains about a year ago, sending water down the now dry riverbeds.

Kangaroos and the United States

This analysis discusses the events in the United States regarding concerns about Kangaroo welfare issues and resulting actions.

2023 Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in Victoria

Shockingly, and after the floods and years of mass killing of Kangaroos, the Victorian Government claims a 24 per cent increase in Kangaroo populations.

2023 Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in New South Wales

In outback New South Wales, where there is an estimated population of just under 3 million Kangaroos, we counted just one living Kangaroo.

2023 Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in South Australia

The latest claims of population increases represent a step change in the scale and scope of the killing as they relate to the improbable claims being made.

The lonely road

What follows are our reflections on the state of wildlife, particularly Kangaroos, during extensive journeys by road across the Australian continent.

Ways and means: Killing Australian wildlife in Victoria

In the State of Victoria, here are some of the ways in which Australia’s native wildlife is killed, mostly with enthusiastic government support.

Kangaroos in the ACT (Canberra)

The ACT continues to be a leader in developing policies that push the limits of what is being done to Kangaroos, what is ‘lawful’ and what levels of cruelty are acceptable

Yamagata days: A night with the monsters

In this story we travel to snow country and meet the snow monsters.

Fair go?

Diane, from New South Wales, sounds a warning of things to come in Victoria.

The wood from the trees

Victoria and South Australia, so what happened to wildlife during the fires and the original COVID pandemic?

Jewels of the desert

It is remarkable that in the heat and dry of the Australian interior that there is such an array of plant life. The desert in spring sparkles with flowers and seedpods.

The vanishing

We go back to 2017, we begin with an island, far from the Australian mainland and remote in the Indian Ocean.

Paradoxical Frog

Nature is so incredibly precious, we disrupt the natural world at our own very great peril. Here is some history.

2023 Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in Queensland

If you want to be really angry about what is happening to wildlife populations around the world, Queensland is a very good place to start.

The Magnificent Kangaroo

Britain began its relationship with the Kangaroo in a painting by S T Edwards, published as an engraving in Museum Leverianum in 1796.

Kangaroos and Wallabies in the Northern Territory

We spend a lot of time in the Northern Territory and see very few Kangaroos.

Snapshot: Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in South Australia

The species of Kangaroo available for commercial exploitation will include three new species.

Land song

A film and a poem for the missing.

The Kangaroo, the Mayor and the car race

This is the model for all communities and reduces risk and conflict with wildlife.

Going nowhere

This story documents the RSPCA’s attempts to close a regional animal shelter.

Ways of seeing

In this story we provide brief insights as we travel the world.

Relocating Kangaroos

We take a journey back in time to 2017 and to Bathurst in New South Wales.

Nature’s time

As each year goes by there are fewer and fewer animals in the wild. Reflections from 2019.

Snake Prakash

Snake Prakash’s life, as his name suggests, is snakes.

The nature of horta or Greek greens

Peter Hylands says this is a subject that touches on my own childhood in the European Alps.

In Durrell's footsteps

In 2012 Andrea and Peter Hylands travelled to Corfu to catch up with the Durrell team.

Rinca, dragon island

The entry to Rinca Island and its landing area is also beautiful.

Salesmen, Komodos and other dangers

It is the Komodos that we have come to visit.

Counting Kangaroos in Victoria 2020

Remaining Grey Kangaroo populations will increasingly be associated with land for wildlife properties, the edge of towns, public lands and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centres.

Counting Kangaroos in Victoria: Update May 2021

After Victoria’s most catastrophic fires on record, its government claims a steep rise in the Kangaroo population.

Out of time

So in this story (from April 2021) I take another look at what is going on in Australia’s State of Victoria.

The lawless nature of Australia

January 2022, we are filming Australian wildlife at the edge of a National Park in the West of Victoria.

Snapshot: Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in Western Australia

Two species of Kangaroo are currently killed for commercial gain in Western Australia, the Red Kangaroo and the Western Grey Kangaroo.

Snapshot: Exploitation of Kangaroos and Wallabies in Tasmania

There are a number of significant concerns in relation to wildlife in Tasmania.

Shiretoko: Of the Japanese wild

As the Ainu describe it, the place where the earth ends.

Kangaroo: October 2022 update Victoria

There is plenty of evidence that Kangaroo populations in Victoria are vanishing, and fast.

Cripes, Australia is running out of Koalas

Come with us to Sydney’s very beautiful Macquarie Street and its house of wisdom and modernity. Come inside and listen.

Nature notes from an Australian summer

We spend a day in the bushlands around the farming region of Yea in the Australian state of Victoria.

Queensland: Making Terra Nullius

Queensland and its species: Extinct, threatened and vulnerable species

The Kangaroo family and the distribution of species

Regional extinctions are also commonplace as the range (distribution) of a species contracts and fragments.

South Australia: Places and species

This analysis (2018) lists the extinct, endangered, vulnerable and rare species in South Australia. Here I have just added mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian and plant species.

Cities and dreams: Understanding animal population numbers

This is a story about Kangaroos, about cities and how we visualise and understand numbers.

Counting Kangaroos

Good scientific practice requires methodologies to be replicated and repeated.

Ways of knowing

The way we treat the natural world needs a rethink, and fast.

In good hands: The story of a rescue

So with Kangaroos in mind, once more we make the long journey from Melbourne to Bathurst in New South Wales.

Endpoint: Kangaroo testimonies

What I have been through, no human should have to go through.

The Pangolin and the Kangaroo

If we destroy species and habitats, you do not have to be a genius to understand the result.

The fine line: Democracy and the abuse of wildlife in Canberra

The people who attempt to protect the wildlife are ignored and demeaned by their politicians.

We dread the moonlight

It is left to a dedicated few to pick up the pieces.

Some things never change

On the day of writing this, Australia released its State of the environment report – written last year and slipped in the draw until a change of Government in Canberra.

Cooking the books: Kangaroos in Australia

In 2017 the permits issued in Victoria to kill Red Kangaroos exceeded their entire state population estimates by 2,187 animals.

Koalas to burn: Winter and wildlife in Victoria

This report contains reflections on a trip in Western Victoria in June 2022.

Emu

This blog is about friendships with Emus and anecdotes from old friends regarding this remarkable bird.

Gerald Durrell and Corfu

What I think was so important about Corfu and Gerry’s time there was it triggered in him a lifelong and entirely focused passion about the natural world.

Kindness and cruelty: Our relationship with animals

I wanted to explore how our relationship with animals was changing as societies and cultures around the world adapt to rapidly changing circumstances.

Steve Garlick at Possumwood

In these bleak blackened landscapes of South Eastern Australia the sound of silence, of nature destroyed.

Unnatural disaster

All wildlife in these fire zones need help, not just threatened species.

Cobargo and the wildfires

The fires burned the landscapes at catastrophic scale and energy.

Snapshot: The commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in Victoria

In order to maintain the Kangaroo population estimates, new shooting zones and regions are added as others close because the Kangaroos are gone.

Snapshot: Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in New South Wales

In 2022 the population estimate has again increased to 10.9 million Kangaroos across the 15 Kangaroo shooting zones, an increase of 4.5 per cent compared to the survey results of the previous year.

Vive les Kangourous

All the way from France, Laetitia, is working as a wildlife carer at Possumwood.

Hogwash, greenwash and the killing of Canberra’s Kangaroos

In 2019 just over 4,000 Kangaroos were killed in these parks, in 2020 it was 1,958.

Snapshot: Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in Queensland

Setting the quotas for 2022 - In 2021, all 22 survey monitor blocks in Queensland were surveyed.

Trauma

Dr Rosemary Austen describes the impact of acts of extreme cruelty to Australian wildlife on human populations.

The killing begins: Isaacs Ridge, Canberra

This ACT Government says Isaacs Ridge Nature Reserve is important for conservation of local wildlife and their habitats..

A question of logic

It is the callous disregard of these residents that takes my breath away.

The Sooty Kangaroo: Pet food or threatened species?

Spin and mischief cannot conceal these terrible crimes against the natural world.

A dedicated life

One thing that would be worse than failing to achieve anything and to save anything, would be to stop trying.

Possumwood: Australian wildlife veterinary hospital

Professor Steve Garlick tells us about how the hospital provides help to Australia’s embattled wildlife.

The poor little joeys

The poor little joeys, it is just shocking what they do to them.

For the love of Kangaroos

“There is even more intimidation, this stuff is real, this stuff happens”. Greg Keightley

Chance would be a fine thing

In this film in the Kangaroo testimonies series, Emma, from Sweden, expresses her dismay about what she has learnt since visiting Australia.

Another silent spring?

Manfred Zabinskas OAM and Peter Hylands discuss the circumstances that Australia’s wildlife in Victoria is now facing.

The constant carer

What I have always noticed, since first visiting Australia, is just how wonderful individual Australian animals are.

Exclusion

In November 2021 we visited the Morning Peninsula in Victoria, specifically Cape Schanck and the immediate region.

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The Australian Wildlife Protection Council reports on the circumstances facing Australian species

The Australian Wildlife Protection Council reports on the circumstances facing Australian species

Life in the air

“In western society we have lost the capacity of connection to the Earth as described in the landscapes destroyed, in the land lost, in species lost, in knowledge lost, in care lost, in purpose lost and in future lost.” Peter Hylands

Sky

2023: Inquiry into Victoria's recreational native bird hunting arrangements

A Victorian Government parliamentary inquiry has concluded recreational native bird hunting in Victoria should end as of 2024.

Number of ducks killed in Australia 2023

Based on a mixture of actuals and estimates based on previous years, the number of ducks likely killed in Australia's duck shooting states in 2023 was 424,000. Including the Northern Territory the number rises to 657,170.

New South Wales and duck shooting: 2023 update

In our story 'By another name' we described the culture of shooting ducks on rice fields in New South Wales. Here is an update.

Duck shooting in South Australia: November 2023 update

Duck shooting can also endanger or kill other animals who were never intended as ‘targets’. Birds may be incorrectly identified by shooters, or young birds may be abandoned by their parents who flee the sound of gunfire in fear.

Recreational Duck shooting in Tasmania

The Tasmanian State Government said it had no plans to ban recreational duck hunting.

Recreational shooting of Australian birdlife in Victoria: 2023 how many died?

Victoria’s Game Management Authority has provided its grim statistics for ‘recreational’ duck and quail shooting for 2023.

Duck shooting in South Australia: 2018-19 historical note

In 2018 we made extensive trips through South Australia and up into the Northern Territory.

Holding on: Duck shooting in Victoria 2023

The Eastern Australian Waterbird Survey shows that waterbird populations, breeding and habitat availability are all showing long-term declines over the last four decades.

Ugly duckling

History matters so here for the record: 2017 Duck shooting season in Victoria, a very bad year for ducks and a year from which they have never recovered.

Birdlife and death and people suffer too

In this story we consider the harm caused to people because of the mass slaughter of wildlife.

By another name: Duck shooting in NSW

In New South Wales waterbirds are shot in large numbers on private land.

Last gasp: Birdlife and death in Australia

We reflect on the duck shooting season of 2020, following the most catastrophic bush fires ever experienced.

The nature of Australia

Here is some history regarding the 2018 Duck shooting season in Victoria.

Dead duck

We travel south in the darkness through the tortured and forlorn landscapes of the region.

Spectacled Flying-fox

Our first encounter with Flying Foxes in the Pacific, and after a long bike ride across the island, was on Tongatapu, the main island in the Kingdom of Tonga.

Weights and measures

We go back to 2018 and weigh up some politicians.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

While in Kumarakom we wanted to visit the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, the land of the Night Herons.

Grey-headed Flying-fox

On Christmas Day 2019 we visited a ‘camp’ of Grey-headed Flying-foxes in Melbourne.

Pacific Black Duck

We tell this story through the images of one bird, the Pacific Black Duck. A grumpy bird it might be, but that does not justify its treatment.

Rose-breasted Cockatoo and others

The Rose-breasted Cockatoo or Galah is a very clever bird indeed. Given the right circumstances it has a lifespan of 40 to 70 years and pairs for life.

Coorong

I remember the Coorong from long ago, then it seemed wilder somehow than it does today.

Bush Stone-curlew

What is happening to Bush Stone-curlews in North Queensland is deeply distressing to observe.

Kookaburra

Laughing Kookaburras are the iconic bird species of the Australian bush because of their distinctive call.

White-winged Chough

The White-winged Chough is a bird that has been equipped with the skill of near silent flight, flapping and gliding just above forest floor.

Anecdotes for birds

A series of short anecdotes about birdlife.

Australian Pelican

On an image gathering trip in the South East of Australia we find ourselves sitting among a pod of Pelicans at the mouth of the Snowy River.

Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeets pair for long periods, all being well, that means for life.

Tawny Frogmouth

Here are our family of city dwellers, this year, as for each and every year, there are two young birds.

Birds tumble from the sky

Dead and dying birds tumble from the sky, gun violence, brave rescuers among the carnage.

Number of ducks killed in Australia 2023

Based on a mixture of actuals and estimates based on previous years, the number of ducks likely killed in Australia's duck shooting states in 2023 was 424,000. Including the Northern Territory the number rises to 657,170.

New South Wales and duck shooting: 2023 update

In our story 'By another name' we described the culture of shooting ducks on rice fields in New South Wales. Here is an update.

Duck shooting in South Australia: November 2023 update

Duck shooting can also endanger or kill other animals who were never intended as ‘targets’. Birds may be incorrectly identified by shooters, or young birds may be abandoned by their parents who flee the sound of gunfire in fear.

Recreational Duck shooting in Tasmania

The Tasmanian State Government said it had no plans to ban recreational duck hunting.

Recreational shooting of Australian birdlife in Victoria: 2023 how many died?

Victoria’s Game Management Authority has provided its grim statistics for ‘recreational’ duck and quail shooting for 2023.

Duck shooting in South Australia: 2018-19 historical note

In 2018 we made extensive trips through South Australia and up into the Northern Territory.

Holding on: Duck shooting in Victoria 2023

The Eastern Australian Waterbird Survey shows that waterbird populations, breeding and habitat availability are all showing long-term declines over the last four decades.

Ugly duckling

History matters so here for the record: 2017 Duck shooting season in Victoria, a very bad year for ducks and a year from which they have never recovered.

Birdlife and death and people suffer too

In this story we consider the harm caused to people because of the mass slaughter of wildlife.

By another name: Duck shooting in NSW

In New South Wales waterbirds are shot in large numbers on private land.

Last gasp: Birdlife and death in Australia

We reflect on the duck shooting season of 2020, following the most catastrophic bush fires ever experienced.

The nature of Australia

Here is some history regarding the 2018 Duck shooting season in Victoria.

Dead duck

We travel south in the darkness through the tortured and forlorn landscapes of the region.

Spectacled Flying-fox

Our first encounter with Flying Foxes in the Pacific, and after a long bike ride across the island, was on Tongatapu, the main island in the Kingdom of Tonga.

Weights and measures

We go back to 2018 and weigh up some politicians.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

While in Kumarakom we wanted to visit the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, the land of the Night Herons.

Grey-headed Flying-fox

On Christmas Day 2019 we visited a ‘camp’ of Grey-headed Flying-foxes in Melbourne.

Pacific Black Duck

We tell this story through the images of one bird, the Pacific Black Duck. A grumpy bird it might be, but that does not justify its treatment.

Rose-breasted Cockatoo and others

The Rose-breasted Cockatoo or Galah is a very clever bird indeed. Given the right circumstances it has a lifespan of 40 to 70 years and pairs for life.

Coorong

I remember the Coorong from long ago, then it seemed wilder somehow than it does today.

Bush Stone-curlew

What is happening to Bush Stone-curlews in North Queensland is deeply distressing to observe.

Kookaburra

Laughing Kookaburras are the iconic bird species of the Australian bush because of their distinctive call.

White-winged Chough

The White-winged Chough is a bird that has been equipped with the skill of near silent flight, flapping and gliding just above forest floor.

Anecdotes for birds

A series of short anecdotes about birdlife.

Australian Pelican

On an image gathering trip in the South East of Australia we find ourselves sitting among a pod of Pelicans at the mouth of the Snowy River.

Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeets pair for long periods, all being well, that means for life.

Tawny Frogmouth

Here are our family of city dwellers, this year, as for each and every year, there are two young birds.

Birds tumble from the sky

Dead and dying birds tumble from the sky, gun violence, brave rescuers among the carnage.

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The Australian Wildlife Protection Council prepares submissions to governments across Australia as they relate to government inquiries that impact our wildlife. We are a voice for all Australian species

The Australian Wildlife Protection Council prepares submissions to governments across Australia as they relate to government inquiries that impact our wildlife. We are a voice for all Australian species

Life in oceans, rivers, lakes and seas

A great deal of the marine debris in Northern Australian waters originates from the fishing industry and much of this comes from South East Asia. Large numbers of ghost nets drift into the Gulf of Carpentaria during the Monsoon capturing the fish, reptiles, birds and mammals that live in the Gulf.” Peter Hylands

Water

Where will you go?

Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink.

Ramsar Sites in Victoria

Despite the claims of some Victorian politicians and their public servants that the slaughter of waterbirds on Ramsar sites is an economic benefit it is likely that the precise opposite is the case.

The rainbow in the desert

When it rains in the dry places in Central Australia, every drop is precious, it means more water in the waterholes, so important for the animals that live here.

Finke River journey

It is November. On this journey we begin by travelling along Ellery Creek (from Wallace Rockhole) and join the Finke River at the confluence of the two. At this point both rivers are dry.

Bryans Swamp

Parks Victoria describe Bryans Swamp as a wildlife reserve.

John Wolseley: Art and Nature

In a creek in the Northern Territory, each small creature’s life world is interwoven to produce an ecosystem vibrating with life.

A monsoon Christmas

We take you back to 2015 and a monsoon Christmas.

Children’s Ramsar

Japan, which joined the Ramsar Convention in October 1980, has 50 Ramsar sites, many in the Japanese wild of Hokkaido.

Ramsar Sites in South Australia

Australia's 66 Ramsar sites cover more than 8.3 million hectares.

In a fading light, a vanishing

We take some time to track down some of the animals that still survive. Gentle, beautiful and precious, each and every one.

Eastern Water Dragon

Water Dragons are strong swimmers and can be seen catching the sun near waterways, stretched out on overhanging branches or nearby rocks.

Turtle time

Turtles are ancient indeed, today’s species, almost unchanged since the appearance of their ancestors 245 million years ago.

Jellyfish

Jellyfish have been swimming in the world’s oceans and seas for more than half a billion years.

How the Bäru saved the sea

At the camp Waka also discovered the severed head of a Saltwater Crocodile (Bäru) in a hessian bag.

Victoria's Ramsar Sites

Another natural catastrophe is unfolding on Australia’s internationally protected Ramsar Wetlands.

The Whale savers

More than half of all Whale species either visit or live in Australian waters.

Ramsar Sites in Victoria

Despite the claims of some Victorian politicians and their public servants that the slaughter of waterbirds on Ramsar sites is an economic benefit it is likely that the precise opposite is the case.

The rainbow in the desert

When it rains in the dry places in Central Australia, every drop is precious, it means more water in the waterholes, so important for the animals that live here.

Finke River journey

It is November. On this journey we begin by travelling along Ellery Creek (from Wallace Rockhole) and join the Finke River at the confluence of the two. At this point both rivers are dry.

Bryans Swamp

Parks Victoria describe Bryans Swamp as a wildlife reserve.

John Wolseley: Art and Nature

In a creek in the Northern Territory, each small creature’s life world is interwoven to produce an ecosystem vibrating with life.

A monsoon Christmas

We take you back to 2015 and a monsoon Christmas.

Children’s Ramsar

Japan, which joined the Ramsar Convention in October 1980, has 50 Ramsar sites, many in the Japanese wild of Hokkaido.

Ramsar Sites in South Australia

Australia's 66 Ramsar sites cover more than 8.3 million hectares.

In a fading light, a vanishing

We take some time to track down some of the animals that still survive. Gentle, beautiful and precious, each and every one.

Eastern Water Dragon

Water Dragons are strong swimmers and can be seen catching the sun near waterways, stretched out on overhanging branches or nearby rocks.

Turtle time

Turtles are ancient indeed, today’s species, almost unchanged since the appearance of their ancestors 245 million years ago.

Jellyfish

Jellyfish have been swimming in the world’s oceans and seas for more than half a billion years.

How the Bäru saved the sea

At the camp Waka also discovered the severed head of a Saltwater Crocodile (Bäru) in a hessian bag.

Victoria's Ramsar Sites

Another natural catastrophe is unfolding on Australia’s internationally protected Ramsar Wetlands.

The Whale savers

More than half of all Whale species either visit or live in Australian waters.

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