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5 red flags for wildlife in Victoria

When it comes to the environment and biodiversity, in Victoria we end up with a very long list of red flags, here are just 5. No high fives about it.

Trading bushmeat: Kangaroos and Australia

When it comes to what we see in Australia regarding the treatment of Kangaroos, we can only describe it as deeply degrading of a civil society and the kinder and clever world so many of us want to create.

2023: Authorities to control wildlife in Victoria, how many?

An alarming increase in native wildlife killing in 2023. During 2023, 2,482 ATCW permits were issued to lethally control 119,367 native Australian animals in Victoria (Australian mammals and birds).

What does it take? Kangaroo tales and U turns

This story provides brief insights into the confronting world that describes the relationship in Australia with Kangaroos. We take you back to the early part of the 1970s.

Impact of commercial exploitation on Kangaroos in Victoria

The commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in Victoria has nothing to do with mitigation of harm, but everything to do with commercial gain.

BAU Kangaroo: Nothing, if not predictable

So what happened to the Victorian Government’s 2023 consultation regarding the commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in the state?

Koalas in Victoria: Just how bad can it get?

This analysis follows up our story Pandora’s Box: Koalas in Victoria, and the news is grim as well as predictable.

Koalas in Zoos Victoria care 2018-2023

This analysis summarises how many Koalas were rehabilitated and how many were euthanised by Zoos Victoria since 2018.

2024: Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos, summary table and comparisons

This analysis updates the 2022 numbers, estimates the outcome for 2023 and provides comparisons for 2020 to 2024.

2024: Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in Western Australia

This analysis of the situation for Kangaroos in Western Australian in 2024 completes the analysis of all states and mainland territories in Australia for that year.

2024: Summary - Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos Australia

This analysis summarises the population and quota data for 2024 for the states which commercially exploit Kangaroos.

2024: Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in South Australia

“All Kangaroo species in South Australia are protected under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972”. Well, perhaps not.

Paradise lost?

Talking to Shai Ager from The Agile Project during the flooding, Shai describes how this catastrophe for wildlife in Far North Queensland unfolded.

2024: Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in Victoria

We can be certain of one thing, commercial shooters will not reach the quotas in 2024, because the population estimates, yet again, appear hyper-inflated. This leads to quotas that are far too high.

2024: Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in New South Wales

The population estimate of the four commercial species in 2023, from which the 2024 quota is derived, was 9,634,900 (down from 11,882,215 in the previous year).

Christmas message 2023

To all our Nature Knowledge Channel’s friends around the world we wish you the very best for 2024. You can be certain of one thing, we will be out there fighting to protect and save the world’s precious biodiversity.

Pandora’s Box: Koalas in Victoria

The Nature Knowledge Channel was blocked from attending the opening media event of the Koala Hospital in August 2022.

Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in Victoria: What the numbers tell us

Public lands are next in the endless exploitation of Kangaroos in Victoria.

Victorian Kangaroo ‘Harvest’ Management Plan 2024-2028

Under no circumstances should the commercial exploitation of Kangaroos be allowed to occur on public lands in Victoria.

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.

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.

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.

5 red flags for wildlife in Victoria

When it comes to the environment and biodiversity, in Victoria we end up with a very long list of red flags, here are just 5. No high fives about it.

Trading bushmeat: Kangaroos and Australia

When it comes to what we see in Australia regarding the treatment of Kangaroos, we can only describe it as deeply degrading of a civil society and the kinder and clever world so many of us want to create.

2023: Authorities to control wildlife in Victoria, how many?

An alarming increase in native wildlife killing in 2023. During 2023, 2,482 ATCW permits were issued to lethally control 119,367 native Australian animals in Victoria (Australian mammals and birds).

What does it take? Kangaroo tales and U turns

This story provides brief insights into the confronting world that describes the relationship in Australia with Kangaroos. We take you back to the early part of the 1970s.

Impact of commercial exploitation on Kangaroos in Victoria

The commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in Victoria has nothing to do with mitigation of harm, but everything to do with commercial gain.

BAU Kangaroo: Nothing, if not predictable

So what happened to the Victorian Government’s 2023 consultation regarding the commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in the state?

Koalas in Victoria: Just how bad can it get?

This analysis follows up our story Pandora’s Box: Koalas in Victoria, and the news is grim as well as predictable.

Koalas in Zoos Victoria care 2018-2023

This analysis summarises how many Koalas were rehabilitated and how many were euthanised by Zoos Victoria since 2018.

2024: Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos, summary table and comparisons

This analysis updates the 2022 numbers, estimates the outcome for 2023 and provides comparisons for 2020 to 2024.

2024: Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in Western Australia

This analysis of the situation for Kangaroos in Western Australian in 2024 completes the analysis of all states and mainland territories in Australia for that year.

2024: Summary - Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos Australia

This analysis summarises the population and quota data for 2024 for the states which commercially exploit Kangaroos.

2024: Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in South Australia

“All Kangaroo species in South Australia are protected under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972”. Well, perhaps not.

Paradise lost?

Talking to Shai Ager from The Agile Project during the flooding, Shai describes how this catastrophe for wildlife in Far North Queensland unfolded.

2024: Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in Victoria

We can be certain of one thing, commercial shooters will not reach the quotas in 2024, because the population estimates, yet again, appear hyper-inflated. This leads to quotas that are far too high.

2024: Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in New South Wales

The population estimate of the four commercial species in 2023, from which the 2024 quota is derived, was 9,634,900 (down from 11,882,215 in the previous year).

Christmas message 2023

To all our Nature Knowledge Channel’s friends around the world we wish you the very best for 2024. You can be certain of one thing, we will be out there fighting to protect and save the world’s precious biodiversity.

Pandora’s Box: Koalas in Victoria

The Nature Knowledge Channel was blocked from attending the opening media event of the Koala Hospital in August 2022.

Commercial exploitation of Kangaroos in Victoria: What the numbers tell us

Public lands are next in the endless exploitation of Kangaroos in Victoria.

Victorian Kangaroo ‘Harvest’ Management Plan 2024-2028

Under no circumstances should the commercial exploitation of Kangaroos be allowed to occur on public lands in Victoria.

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.

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.

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.