Latest news from the region

REBOUNDING saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) populations in the north Kimberley which are increasingly venturing into human-populated areas are raising the chances of tourists and locals having spine-tingling encounters with these fear-inducing creatures.

ADVOCATES for mosaic burning practices in the Kimberley’s longstanding debate into fire regimes have received a boost, with recent research finding the striking Gouldian finches (Erythrura gouldiae) thrive on the low-intensity burns.

BROOME householders, businesses and agencies are closer to being able to preserve fragile, unique ecological communities in the region while conserving the town’s natural heritage as it develops.

IT IS difficult to imagine a positive outcome from the spread of the highly destructive cane toad (Rhinella marinus) but research shows with the toad’s spread some animal numbers may be increasing, including an endangered bird species.    

CHINA’S stated intention to restrict vanadium exports may stimulate greater Australian efforts to mine it, so it comes as good timing that geologists are finding prospective areas for vanadium and titanium in the Kimberley.

Published in Industry & Resources

IT WOULD come as no surprise to hear that people who live in a certain area and consume a certain diet—perhaps residents of Perth’s more affluent suburbs—may present themselves in a certain way to show off to everyone else.

IN MODERN society dogs are often referred to as “man’s best friend” but according to an archaeological review early Aboriginal society sported a similar relationship between women and dingoes (Canis lupus dingo).

A CLINIC set up to improve rural and remote men’s access to prostate cancer testing and diagnosis has been deemed an overwhelming success.

Published in Health & Medicine

THE Ambon damsel (Pomacentrus amboinensis) have been found to need exposure to the natural environment to develop the ultraviolet (UV) facial markings reef fish use as a covert communication system to potentially avoid predators.

Published in Fisheries & Water

IT WAS looking dire for the greater bilby (Macrotis lagotis), whose populations have decreased significantly in recent times, but increased efforts by Indigenous ranger groups have uncovered bilby populations across the Kimberley.

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