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Parks Victoria want to completely eradicate the brumbies in the Bogong High Plains and Jill Pickering from the Australian Brumby Alliance explains the inconsistencies and injustices of this plan that is based on questionable science. DEADLINE IS FRIDAY FOR COMMUNITY FEEDBACK ! Please let Parks Victoria know you want them  to  protect the brumbies' freedom by following this link on the Victorian Brumby Association  page: http://www.victorianbrumbyassociation.org/alpine-national-park.html

We're in the studio, chatting with wildlife ecologist Joshua Griffiths (pictured here) & conservation photographer Doug Gimesy (photo credit) about threats to the platypus.  They also tell us about nifty 'citizen science' initiative PlatypusSPOT, new technology that detects platypus DNA in waterways, and the Victorian Alliance for Platypus-Safe Yabby Traps which has been formed with the objective of a complete ban on the enclosed yabby traps that kill platypus almost every day.  Josh & Doug advise us of actions we can all take to improve the chances of this

In this week’s show, we talk with Dr Mel Taylor about protecting our animals in emergency situations and look at some new research that shows a plant-based food system would be much better for our environment.

For more on what Dr Mel Taylor was talking about, please see: http://theconversation.com/seven-ways-to-protect-your-pets-in-an-emergency-83484

Throwing the baby out with the bathwater?  It appears current feverish land clearing, mostly for pastoral animal agriculture, makes a mockery of efforts & money to protect threatened species, biodiversity & climate change mitigation.

We hear from CEO Nick Spencer and Marketing Officer Phalkun Chan of Ibis Rice, in Phnom Penh. This project of the Wildlife Conservation Society protects some of Cambodia's most endangered wildlife species, particularly the iconic giant ibis, by collaborating with local rice farmers for a win-win outcome.

Ibis Rice www.ibisrice.com 


Conservation & wildlife photographer Doug Gimesy, Finalist for the 2016 Wildlife Photograph of the Year awards for the image, "Caring for Joey" joins us in the studio today. The awards exhibit, including his work, is on until May 15th In Geelong.  Please sign his "Fast Roads, Slow Deaths" petition to change the speed limit on Kangaroo Island to reduce wildlife trauma and deaths.

Upon leaving Iraq in 2008, Damien put his life and life savings on the line to found the International Anti-Poaching Foundation.

Dedicated to protecting rhino and elephant from the brutal onslaught and massacre by poaching operatives, IAPF employs military technology and strategies to curb poaching while protecting the ecosystems that support a vast array of wildlife. 

Recorded at the Gasometer Hotel on the 8th May 2016, Melbourne Australia (complete with pub atmospheric sounds).

Thank you to Damien and the event organisers for permission to record and share this very special presentation.

International Anti-Poaching Foundation http://www.iapf.org/

We talk with Damien Mander, the Australian founder of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation, about his work in southern Africa, the future prospects of the rhino, and being unwussy.  

www.iapf.org

We ask Athans Steffen from People Against Canned Hunting about how the selfie has become a weapon of mass destruction when it comes to lion cubs & how we must start sizing up the very idea of big cat sanctuaries.

For the Love of Wildlife: http://fortheloveofwildlife.org.au/

 

Today we feature an informative talk on predators by Dr Euan Ritchie  and how they provide many solutions to existing problems.   Among other things, Euan tells us about fire management & its relationship to the destruction of our native species,  how a  landscape of fear can be a good thing and the best way to approach the issue of feral cats.

 

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