A rare eastern bongo, one of the world's rarest species of antelope, was recently born in an Australian zoo, officials announced this week.
Australia is famous for its incredible biodiversity and unique animal species. However, it is likewise infamous for an exceptionally high rate of extinction. In fact, the continent has lost one in 10 of its native mammal species over the last two centuries - the highest extinction rate of any nation in the world. Now, experts are proposing that "rewilding" parts Down Under with native dingoes could help prevent die-offs in the future.
Wallabies are only natively found in one continent in all the world: Australia. And even as some wallaby species are disappearing from Down Under, others are just being discovered. Such is the case for the common short-eared rock-wallaby (Petrogale brachyotis), which may actually be two distinct species.
Australia's mammals are going extinct at an alarming rate, and voracious feral cats and foxes are to blame, according to new research.
A freaky frilled shark was caught off the Australian coast this week, a terrifying-looking species that dates back 80 million years.
Eight sperm whales became mysteriously stranded on the South Australian coast over the weekend, resulting in the death of seven of them - nearly the entire pod. It is thought that this may be the first instance of a mass beaching of the species ever seen in this part of the world.
Yawuru Country Managers and an experts from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) say that they have found compelling evidence that the Spectacled hare-wallaby, and threatened species which had been feared locally extinct , is back in Roebuck Plains, Australia.
Last September, conservationists were thrilled to see the Australian government rescind its plans to dump sediment from dredging into Great Barrier Reef waters. Now however, it has been revealed that four more dredging projects near the reef are still likely to occur, and sediment from these digs could still be dumped within the greater World Heritage Area.
In what is being described as an idiot move, an Australian man "surfed" a dead whale floating in the water on Saturday, while surrounded by sharks, according to reports.
Australia, despite being a massive island and continent of its own, has only one active volcanic region, and this spot has seen about 400 volcanic events in the last four million years. Now researchers have discovered the unique process that allows these eruptions to occur in a portion of the globe that is nearly devoid of volcanic activity.
A wild pig tore through Australia campgrounds, stealing an estimated 18 beers and proceeding to go on a bender that included tearing down trash bins, being chased by a cow, and going for a late night swim.
The mystery fireball seen over Australia was finally explained as being nothing more than a piece of space junk and not an asteroid, officials reported this morning.
A young humpback whale stranded for nearly two whole days on a beach in Queensland, Australia is once again swimming in the open ocean, thanks to the tireless efforts of a volunteer rescue crew.
A recent United Nations report claims that Australia is one developed country that can afford to make massive cuts to its greenhouse gas footprint. However, the country "down under" has - if anything - lessened its control of greenhouse gas emissions this year.