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Fauna of Australia

Killer-jellyfish migration nears Queensland's coast

The discovery of tiny but deadly jellyfish in Australian waters has delayed the filming of a Hollywood blockbuster and raised fears that the species is extending its range as a result of global warming.

Friday, 30 March, 2007, 12:00am

Next stop W Australia for cane toads after pests breach Darwin's defences

A new recruit to a growing army of volunteers, Marilyn Bartels shines her torch into the dripping mangrove swamp in search of her prey.

'I find them repulsive. I caught three on my first outing,' she said, probing the darkness for Australia's most reviled alien invader - the cane toad.

13 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Desolation and danger come with the territory

The mining of uranium and the other minerals that are fuelling Australia's extraordinary commodities boom is taking place in some of the harshest terrain on the planet.

Miners have to contend with heat, dust, isolation and venomous snakes as they extract copper, gold, uranium, natural gas and oil from the desert.

15 May 2006 - 12:00am

Liquid solution

Australians are poised to take revenge on the much loathed cane toad - by turning the warty pests into liquid fertiliser. Cane toads were deliberately introduced to Queensland from South America in the 1930s to prey on a beetle that was devastating sugar cane plantations.

10 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Bedevilled by disease

Rough sex could decimate the numbers of one of Australia's most unusual and iconic animals. The Tasmanian devil, a dog-sized carnivore which earned its name for its spine-chilling howl and fearsome jaws, is being attacked by a mystery disease on its island home.

4 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

New clues to dingo mystery

A 78-year-old man has come forward with startling new claims that may finally resolve one of Australia's most controversial and enduring mysteries - the killing of baby Azaria Chamberlain by a dingo at Ayers Rock nearly a quarter of a century ago.

Full report - A8

5 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Arid climate killed off Australia's big beasts

Archaeologists say they may have finally solved one of Australian's biggest puzzles - how its giant prehistoric animals, collectively known as megafauna, were driven to extinction.

2 Oct 2003 - 12:00am


Crocodile Hunter: Travelling The Dingo Fence

World, 9pm

7 Jan 2003 - 12:00am


Man's Heritage: Citizen Cane Toad

Pearl, 8.30pm

8 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Brothers reach half-way mark in Australian bike marathon

Three teenage brothers who live in Lantau are more than half way through a 4,700km Australian outback bicycle odyssey to raise money for charity.

The Beaton brothers - Brendan, 19, Craig, 17, and David, 15 - have passed Adelaide, about half way between Perth on the west coast and their final destination of Sydney on the east coast.

6 Aug 2002 - 12:00am