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Acclaimed author and conservationist Tim Winton has been announced as patron of the ‘Native Australian Animals Trust’ at the University of Melbourne, which was officially launched on March 15. 

Victoria’s faunal emblem the Leadbeater’s Possum and other species will become extinct within about 30 years unless clear-fell logging stops in Victoria’s Mountain Ash forests, new research based on 30 years of monitoring the forests has found.

Researchers at the University of Melbourne have collected critical insights into wildlife species’ survival that could help future conservation efforts globally.

An international team of researchers has found that female Komodo Dragons live half as long as males on average, seemingly due to their physically demanding ‘housework’ such as building huge nests and guarding eggs for up to six months.

 
A review prepared by the University of Melbourne looks at new methods of water conservation and the need to transform policies and attitudes. The paper describes three emerging methods of addressing shortages: substituting high-quality water with lower-quality water where appropriate, creating drinking water from wastewater and reducing leaks and the volume needed for basic services. 
 

Mt Buller’s Mountain Pygmy-possums have had some rare good news following the success of an emergency action to save the isolated population from extinction caused by declining genetic diversity.

Melbournians are being asked to consider how they can live in harmony with bats at a forum held on April 11 at the University of Melbourne.

New calculations reveal that the number of species on Earth is likely to be in the order of several million rather than 10’s of millions. The findings, from a University of Melbourne-led study, are based on a new method of estimating tropical insect species—the largest and one of the most difficult groups on the planet to study—having significant implications for conservation efforts.

For the first time for any tropical forest region in the world, leading researchers have produced a compilation of Australian wet tropics research to better coordinate conservation and management efforts of our globally significant rainforests.