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Koalas face extinction by 2050.You can probably recall when you first caught a glimpse of a koala in our beautiful Aussie landscape – most likely taking a nap in a tree, since that’s usually the marsupial’s pose of choice!

But imagine a world where koalas simply didn’t exist; aren’t there to be admired by lucky Australians who see them in their nature habitat or even to make a shy appearance for the visitors who coo over them in wildlife parks.

But a world without koalas could be the reality if action isn’t taken now.

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Australian rat bounces back from the brink of extinction.

The search for a vulnerable native Australian rat species thought to have died out on a remote island has found the species thriving and confirmed an unlikely revival that is gaining momentum across the country.

The greater stick-nest rat, Leporillus conditor, was once abundant across semi-arid regions of southern Australia, including South Australia and parts of Western Australia and New South Wales.

However, competition for food from livestock and rabbits and the introduction of predators such as foxes and feral cats led to the greater stick-nest rat becoming extinct on the Australian mainland in the 1930s. Its cousin, the lesser stick-nest rat, is long extinct.

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The mystery of why wombat poop is cube-shaped is finally solved.Of all the many mysteries that surround the wombat, it is hard to find one as baffling as its ability – broadly acknowledged as unique in the natural world – to produce faeces shaped like cubes.

Why the pudgy marsupials might benefit from six-faced faeces is generally agreed upon; wombats mark their territorial borders with fragrant piles of poo and the larger the piles the better. With die-shaped dung, wombats boost the odds that their droppings, deposited near burrow entrances, prominent rocks, raised ground and logs, will not roll away. That, at least, is the thinking.

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Blue-tongued lizards are on the move at this time of year, so here’s a few things you should know.

As the days get longer and warmer, it’s not just humans that are drawn out into the sunshine.Blue-tongued lizards are out and about, and it’s often hard to tell if they are fighting or mating.

The lizards are a common sight in backyards across south-eastern Australia, but they have some traits you may not be aware of.

Blue tongues, or blotched lizards, are also the subject of a number of myths when it comes to their bite and interaction with snakes.

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Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary buys back platypus habitat in Lake Cumbungi.

South Australia’s Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary’s new owners have bought back the neighbouring lake, part of the original platypus habitat, which includes three underwater observatories.

“When we first bought Warrawong, we realised the lake was such an integral part of the property, especially with regards to habitat for platypus, it was something we really wanted to get back,” he said.

“To finally have the lake is just incredible, we can really put the ecosystem back together now.”

An aerial view of Lake Cumbungi, which neighbours Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary.
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