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Unregulated reptile trade in US has major influence on Australians’ desire for illegal reptiles

The transnational smuggling of live animals poses a threat to Australia’s biodiversity, conservation, environmental biosecurity, animal welfare, and human health and wellbeing. In a study published in Conversation Letters, researchers at the University of Adelaide compared the illegal smuggling of live reptiles – including lizards, snakes and turtles – into Australia, to the unregulated pet trade […]

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Invertebrates as pets: The truth behind the trade

For some people, the idea of having tarantulas and scorpions living in their house is a nightmare; for others, keeping insects is a hobby and a passion. Guest post by Charlotte Lassaline from the Invasion Science and Wildlife Ecology Research Team at the University of Adelaide and Environment Institute. The collection of invertebrates is a pastime […]

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The race to stop illegal trading of Australian lizards

Australian reptiles face serious conservation threats from illegal poaching fuelled by international demand and the exotic pet trade. In a new study in Animal Conservation, researchers from the University of Adelaide and the Monitor Conservation Research Society (Monitor) investigated the extent of illegal trade in a well-known Australian lizard: the shingleback, also known as the bobtail or […]

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Is YouTube promoting the exotic pet trade?

Researchers at the University of Adelaide are concerned video sharing platforms such as YouTube could be contributing to the normalisation of exotic pets and encouraging the exotic pet trade. In a study, published in PLOS One , researchers analysed the reactions of people to videos on YouTube involving human interactions with exotic animals and found those reactions […]

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Funding for Glossy Black Cockatoo allow Environment Institute members to continue recovery on Kangaroo Island

We are delighted our researchers continue to step up and respond to the ongoing needs of bushfire recovery efforts. In collaboration with the Kangaroo Island Landscape Board, Environment Institute member, Dr Prowse has been awarded funding through the Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program. He will be developing a revegetation strategy to support the conservation of […]

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Professor Hugh Possingham featured in Sydney Morning Herald – why is Australia a global leader in wildlife extinctions?

Why are plant and animal species in Australia becoming extinct as fast as ever. Why is it happening? And what would it take to reverse the decline? In this article, Chair of the Environment Institute Board, Professor Possingham speaks of the devastation caused to flora and fauna since colonisation occurred in Australia. The country has lost […]

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Public welcome at the Ecology and Evolution series – Autumn

Series two for Autumn 2020, builds on our summer Ecology and Evolution Series to discover how we can better protect our most threatened species as they adapt to our changing environments. Join us as our experts share their research. When: Friday 6 March to Friday 29 May 2020 Time: 3:00pm – 4:00 pm Location: Benham Lecture Theatre, […]

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