"BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE" is an understatement when explaining the reality for our Southern Hairy Nosed Wombats -their populations are rapidly declining due to land mismanagement, cruelty, misunderstanding or downright laziness to change attitudes even if it will save landowners a lot of money to do so!
We chat with the dynamic Brigitte Stevens, founder of The Wombat Awareness Organisation whose work with the Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat & landowners is integral for their survival & making a future for the Wombat, well, simply possible.
"HELP EVER , HURT NEVER" is the motto for Whispering Acres Horse Starting and Trainings founder, Carlos Tabernaberri.
We chat with Carlos who is one of the trainers redefining the landscape of how we behave with horses, breaking free from the training approach of "breaking a horse in" by sheer grit and determination of the human spirit & punishing equipment over the horse . Their understanding of horses does for some beg the question, should we be riding horses at all?
Tune in as we pay some attention to the Emu who is more than deserving of it! The Emu is a superstar for our biodiversity & holds much star power & recognition in Australian Aboriginal sacred stories and culture. We talk all things Emu with well renowned Wilcannia NSW artist Badger Bates, Environmentalist Steve Ross about his rescued companion emu named Miss Rissole (!) and we also discover why "oils ain't oils" when it comes to intensive farming of Emus with Lynda Stoner of Animal Liberation NSW.
You can bet your bottom tax-paying dollar has paid for tonnes of 1080 poisoning of ‘pests’ for the good of .........................Well, that’s the question ......or is it ? When it comes to poisons -1080 is a torturous death even compared to its’ bedfellows in a little bag of horrors we use to ‘manage’ a population. What defines a Pest anyway? Tune in Sunday as we chat with many special guests including Dr Arian Wallach from the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University, NT and Professor Deborah Bird Rose from Environmental Humanities UNSW .
An astonishing 75% of our Predators globally are in decline -and as this recent study confirms - at humankinds own peril!
We are 'shooting ourselves in the foot' so to speak if we don't start giving them a lot more credit than our actions are affording them. Tune in to hear why as we chat with Dr Arian Wallach, part of the Research team who have analysed the threats of effects such as habitat loss, human persecution and reduced prey on the world's largest mammalian carnivores. Among other things you will hear how sea otters are sooo much more than ridiculously cute!
Tune in as we chat with Walter Collins, co-founder of BADGAR Wildlife Rescue & host (along with his dog Nugget!) of a new national TV Series called, "Animal Extra!"(and they are just 2 of his projects!).
We also touch base with Fiona Corke from Macedon Ranges Wildlife Network who are very busy looking after injured and distressed wildlife that require on-going care in the aftermath of the recent fires.
If I was handing out some '2013 Melburnians of the Year' trophies I would give one each to these 2 guests who have inspired me & many others with their dedication and 'can do' attitude. I chat with Abby Gee who created the Oscar's Law Animal Advocacy Program & Matt from Noah's Bark Rescue.
Above is a picture of Matt with the gorgeous 'Kippers' who is looking for his forever home..
If I was handing out some '2013 Melburnians of the Year' trophies I would give one each to these 2 guests who have inspired me & many others with their dedication and 'can do' attitude. I chat with Abby Gee (photographed above) who created the Oscar's Law Animal Advocacy Program & Matt from Noah's Bark Rescue.
Africa has the Lion. Australia has the Dingo as our Apex Predator. Protector of Biodiversity. So very Sacred in indigenous cultures- 'Our Dingo' compelled Professor Deborah Bird Rose to title her book, "Dingo Makes us Human".
OUR DINGO is Protected yet vermin. Sacred yet cruelly baited. A pest trapped & shot. Tune in this Sunday as we chat with Christopher Johnson -part of the team who won a prestigious Eureka Prize for Environmental Research showing how important our Dingo is for our Environment. We also chat with Professor Deborah Bird Rose, Environmental Humanities UNSW & Marie -Louise Sarjeant from the OCHRE Project.
NATIONAL DINGO DAY is coming up on the 26th November!