On Wednesday I attended a bat talk "The Beauty of Bats" by Dr Ali Sammel which was organised by Gecko at the Currumbin RSL. Dr Ali Sammel lectures at Griffith University, has written three books, is a science teacher and works with bats! How busy! The Australian Bat Clinic (ABC) and Bats QLD also were there and brought in all four species of Flying Fox - the Grey Headed Flying Fox, Black Flying Fox, Little Red Flying Fox and the Spectacled Flying Fox and babies! Conservation of our native flying fox and bat species is really important. Australian bats are so misunderstood and most people don't realise how important they are for the Australian ecosystem. They are crucial for the pollination of many Australian native trees and forests. Did you know that many of our Native trees only release their pollen at night? You can learn more about Grey-Headed Flying Foxes on my website if you click on the link, Grey-Headed Flying Fox
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The Pygmy Bluetongue Lizard was thought to be extinct 22 years ago. But when scientists found a dead Brown Snake that had been run over they opened it up to see what it had eaten. Inside was a Pygmy Bluetongue Lizard! The reason it hadn't been seen for so long is because they are really hard to find because they spend most of their life in their burrow. Their main threats are habitat destruction, and grazing animals such as cattle and sheep (this destroys their burrows). Ploughing for crops and use of pesticides are also a problem. The pygmy bluetongue lizard is found in South Australia.
It is great to see a community in South Australia working together to help save the endangered pygmy bluetongue lizard. Scientists, Farmers, Conversationalist and the local community have come together in Burra, South Australia to help save this lizard. They are working together to spread the message about the pygmy bluetongue lizard, doing field studies and putting restrictions on the use of farming in certain areas. It was great to see everyone especially the farmers getting involved in endangered species conservation.
For more info please vist, www.abc.net.au/landline/content/2014/s4100697.htm.
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I now have a new video on Youtube on Koalas. When I go to places I do some videos on animals as well as interviews. In the future videos on King Brown snakes, Coastal Common death Adders, Scrub Python, Barking Owl and much more will be published. You will learn heaps about Koalas if you watch this video.
But if you want to learn more about koalas click on the link, Koalas.
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Five more South American Monkeys have just been added to the Animal Record Book. Because of this discovery there are now 16 species of Saki Monkeys but probably more that haven't been discovered. The five newly discovered Monkeys live in Brazil, Peru and Bolivia. These Monkeys haven't been identified for so long because humans threaten them. There is 496 species of primates and this is growing.
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