Traditional Owners and Kangaroos

Episode 4 of the Pastoral Poddy “The Kanga Series”

“Kangaroos have a cultural and spiritual significance for Aboriginal people, being a totem for some and a source of food and clothing for many. Tune in to learn about the diversity of views that Aboriginal people have about kangaroo management. When caring for country, they use a holistic, sustainable approach. There are still challenges, as traditional methods can sometimes clash with legislation. In this episode, we’ll talk to indigenous community members

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Kangaroos and drought

Episode 3 of the Pastoral Poddy “The Kanga Series”

“Drought is a stressful time for any farmer trying to balance competing business, livestock and landscape demands. Kangaroos also struggle in drought with inevitable dehydration and starvation from lack of food and water. Join us to see how the use of new tools and how being proactive instead of reactive, will help both landholders and kangaroos in this challenging situation.”

You can listen to it here on the NSW Local Land

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Koala Insurance Population

We are on the lookout for collaborators who are interested in establishing a predator free, disease free, koala insurance population in high quality habitat behind wire.  The bottom line would be more koalas with a wider distribution.

Australian Wildlife Services Principal George Wilson recently visited Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital and Sanctuary – Macadamia Castle to discuss the idea.

Finding a site is challenging!

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Understanding kangaroo grazing pressure

Episode 2 of the Pastoral Poddy “The Kanga Series”

“Managing total grazing pressure on your property is challenging, particularly from unmanaged animals. As landholders in Western NSW know, kangaroo numbers can fluctuate very quickly across individual properties, uprooting and damaging plants and negatively impacting the land. Research is addressing this challenge, focusing on a positive outcome for both production and biodiversity. Join us in this episode as we talk to a farmer and see how he is better managing kangaroo

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The Bureau of Meteorology has declared the third La Niña is underway for Australia

What does this mean for our kangaroos?

Most likely, the boom of all population booms while resources become more and more abundant. But what will folllow… The bust of all busts when El Niño hits?

Kangaroo management is a serious animal and human welfare issue. Kangaroos play an important role in Australian landscapes and ecosystems, and a large role in total grazing pressure. Australia’s usual reactive strategy, during drought, results in death by starvation or by culling when kangaroos compete

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Kangaroo management — It’s complicated

There is a great 5 episode podcast on Pastoral Poddy called “The Kanga Series”.

Episode 1 is “Kangaroo management — It’s complicated”.

“Kangaroo management is a complicated, nationwide issue that involves many diverse stakeholders. In this episode, we’ll talk to an ecologist and an academic to better understand the complex issues surrounding kangaroo management, including diverse approaches such as translocation, fertility control, culling and commercial harvesting. We’ll also hear from a researcher who’s looking for solutions by developing a tool

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Kangaroos and greenhouse gases

There is global urgency to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In the agriculture sector this reduction must be balanced with meeting increasing global protein demands.

Australia’s goal is to reach net zero by 2050 and the Australian red meat industry target is to be net zero by 2030 while also doubling production. Achieving these objectives relies on offsets because methods to reduce enteric methane (CH4) emissions (that is approximately 10 % of Australia’s total emissions) are not available. If activities

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A Million Dead Icons

I tried to select a quote from the video to go with this post, but there were too many… Watching this video is hard. It shows how it’s cruel to do nothing. Its also damaging and wasting natural resources.

We have been striving for improved kangaroo management for decades but the same boom and bust cycles look like continuing. State Governments have first responsibility. Should they be held accountable? The National Government should bring them together and lead a coordinated

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Increasing the distribution of koalas through proprietorship

With the Koala now listed as endangered in NSW, Queensland, and ACT, and the prediction that they could be extinct by 2050, the need for developing and trialling innovative approaches to conservation is critical. It is evident that the millions of dollars spent thus far, and the various programs and initiatives have had little to no impact on the conservation status of Koalas.

Researchers at AWS are working on proposing the establishment of a predator-proof and disease-free sanctuary for koalas

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Parma Wallabies

At AWS, one of our current missions is to assist the relocation Parma Wallabies from a privately sponsored captive breeding program at Mount Wilson, NSW. The owner of the property, Mr. Peter Pigott AM, has been looking after them in an effort to save the rare species which was threatened with extinction but is now listed as vulnerable. George Wilson helped with the establishment of the colony 50 years ago.  Their numbers have steadily increased as a result of conservation

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