We speak with Dr Annett Finger, Dr Nikki Kowalczyk, and Port Phillip Baykeeper Neil Blake about the colony of Little Penguins that live on a Melbourne breakwater in Port Phillip Bay. They talk about the circumstances that make this colony unique & about the important research conducted by Earthcare St Kilda. We'll also hear how a recent industrial fire in Melbourne's western suburbs may pose serious risks to the health of Port Phillip Bay & the penguin colony.
Laurie Levy, campaign director and founder of the Coalition Against Duck Shooting, brings us up-to-date on the campaign to stop Victoria's routine recreational slaughter of native waterbirds, including last year's massacres at Koorangie Marshes which shocked even the Game Management Authority. He goes on to explain what we might expect this coming killing season. We also find out how to support and get involved in CADS' campaign to end this government-endorsed annual atrocity.
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 u
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.
Lorinda (founder and president, pictured) and Natalie (committee member) explain why palm oil has become so popular in food manufacturing and its consequences for orangutans and other forest species of Indonesia and Malaysia. They also describe how Palm Oil Investigations has become a force to be reckoned with and how governments prefer consumers to remain ignorant of the ingredients and impacts of their purchases.
We get an update from Damien, the Australian founder & CEO of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation. The IAPF primarily exists to protect rhinos and elephants from the ruthless organised crime syndicates that deal in rhino horn and elephant tusks. He explains what's developed in southern Africa since he was here in the 3CR studio in May last year. This includes the recent vicious attacks on two IAPF rangers in Mozambique, IAPF's new accredited training program for anti-poaching rangers, and South Africa's plans to legalise the trade in rhino horn.
Building lush golfing greens in corella country may not have been the brightest of ideas but when the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning approved a permit to kill the native birds to stop them feeding on the fairways it's not surprising that the community was outraged.
Our guest is Lawrence Pope - a successful campaigner for bats (he stopped a massive culling of flying foxes in Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens years ago), cats, dogs in relation to traps, horses (in particular jumps racing) & author of "The Teeth of Beasts" & "Some Touch of Pity " which give rare and transparent insights into these journeys of activism & campaigning in all their
The introduction of the Australian brushtail possum to New Zealand for the fur industry has resulted in a highly successful population of approximately 30 million. We speak with Hans Kriek of SAFE New Zealand about the broad context of the issue, including the possum's entrenched demonisation in NZ society. We also hear from Nicholas Holm of Massey University about how the possum takes the blame for the ongoing degradation of the NZ environment by the #1 predator and pest species - the human.