Thursday, 15 January 2015

Another Australian animal slips away to extinction - via CFZ Australia

14 January 2015, 4.10am GMT

Professor and Program Leader, Conservation Planning at James Cook University

Bob Pressey receives funding from the Australian Research Council and the National Environmental Research Program Tropical Ecosystems Hub

Milena Kim does not work for, consult to, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has no relevant affiliations.

The Bramble Cay melomys - 
the latest in a long line of extinct
Australian mammals. 
Queensland Government

Last July, the federal environment minister, Greg Hunt, announced the appointment of Gregory Andrews as Australia’s first Threatened Species Commissioner. His mission: to help avert the extinction of a growing number of native plant and animal species.

On Andrews’ appointment, a team of scientists was commissioned to go to Bramble Cay, an unstable 4-5 hectare coral bank in the eastern Torres Strait off the tip of northern Australia. The team searched for the Bramble Cay melomys, a small rodent recorded nowhere else but here and not seen since 2007.

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