Live Fast, Die Last

In complete defiance of one of nature’s most fundamental laws, a species of tiny, frenetic bat is living 10 times longer – and healthier – than it should. Andrew Bain talks to the research team embarking on the project of … Continued

Gorillas in Our Midst: The changing face of conservation

A close encounter with the gorilla matriarch at Melbourne Zoo inspired Elizabeth Finkel to tell her story and that of the zoo that transformed itself around her into a conservation organisation. Being such a close relative of humans, Gorillas hold … Continued

The Battle for Ningaloo’s Nursery

Exmouth Gulf is unprotected and in the sights of oil and gas developers. The gulf is home to a globally-unique ecosystem and acts as a nursery for many fish species. But, as Michelle Wheeler investigates, a proposed pipe-line bundling facility … Continued

Naracoorte Caves: A rolls-royce record of biodiversity

The geological records below ground in Naracoorte, South Australia are relatively young, dating 500,000 years to less than 1000. But researchers hope these records can inform conservation efforts about extinctions, adaptations, climate change and human impact. These fossils from the … Continued

Good Krill Hunting

Antarctica’s most iconic animals depend on the tiny, prolific and surprisingly charismatic krill. Andrew Bain reports on the research into this seemingly invincible crustacean and its now uncertain future. Take a deep dive into the importance of Antarctic krill in … Continued

School of fish: how we involved Indigenous students in our investigation of a 65,000-year-old site

A recent program for school kids in Kakadu and West Arnhem Land, incorporating traditional knowledge and Western science, is a model for teaching Indigenous children on Country. This inspiring article is best suited to Biology students in Years 6-10 who … Continued

Your at-home guide to appreciating snails

Watch what they do, then tell their stories. This resource provides an activity that is suitable for Year R and 1 students learning about how animals choose homes and year 4, 5, 6 and 7 students who are learning about … Continued

Five vampire traits that exist in the real world

Count Dracula's characteristics can be found in nature. This article is suitable for Year 6 and 7 Biology students who are learning about animal interactions.   Word Count: 840 The common vampire bat. Credit: Shuttershock When asked to describe a … Continued