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Snow leopard fur coat, c1938

This is a loose-fitting women's coat of snow leopard fur, made between 1935 and 1940 in London. It is of knee length and is A-line in style, with long sleeves and a turn down collar.


Shark teeth

This is an information sheet about different types of fossil shark teeth that are occasionally found on Victorian beaches. It is also available as a one-page pdf file for download.


Eltham copper butterfly

This is an information sheet on the Eltham copper butterfly ('Paralucia pyrodiscus lucida') with description, distribution, habitat, host plants and images. The information sheet is available as a PDF for download.


Threatened Victorian non-marine invertebrates

This is an information sheet that names the 46 species of invertebrate listed as threatened in Victoria under the 'Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988'. It also provides information about the threats to them, including habitat loss.


Giant Gippsland earthworm

This is an information sheet on the giant Gippsland earthworm ('Megascolides australis').

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Sumatran tigers and paper mills

How might filling your printer with paper be affecting the survival of tigers? Watch this compelling clip to find out about the plight of Sumatran tigers in the wild, and explore the connection between them and paper mills. You will also discover how product labels might not always tell the complete story.

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Murray River crayfish

What is a 'baited remote underwater video station'? Often the most innovative scientific research is used to identify living things under the threat of extinction. Watch this clip to learn more about the shy but curious Murray River crayfish and the scientists intent on ensuring its survival.

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Saving the Mountain Pygmy-possum

Discover the tiny Mountain Pygmy-possum and find out what scientists are doing to try to save it from extinction. Learn about the possum and why it is endangered, and watch some research being conducted out in the field and in a laboratory. The clip includes footage of this rare and endangered native Australian animal in the wild.

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Prehistoric Wollemi Pine discovered

The 1994 discovery of the Wollemi Pine in the Blue Mountains was a momentous event, but the story doesn't end there. This ancient 'living fossil' species is millions of years old but was on the brink of extinction. Watch this clip to explore the remote canyon environments where it grows and find out about the remarkable ...

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Give me a home among the snow gums

The Australian Alps are home to some of Australia's most familiar animals and plants, and some of its rarest. Here you will find grey kangaroos, wombats, the snow gum and two of Australia's endangered species: the Mountain Pygmy-possum and the Corroboree Frog.

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Mission to save an endangered parrot

Tasmania's Orange-bellied Parrot is one of Australia's rarest birds and is critically endangered. Watch this clip to see the work of national park scientists who are releasing captive-bred birds back into the wild. The birds are being released in remote Tasmanian environments where they will hopefully be safe from feral ...

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Birds of Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island in the Pacific Ocean is home to some amazing plants and animals, including many different types of birds. Watch this clip to find out about the terns, Masked Boobys and flightless Lord Howe Island Woodhens that call this island home. Discover how people are involved in researching and protecting these important ...

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Southern Corroboree Frog release

Discover what scientists are doing to try to save the striking-looking Southern Corroboree Frog from extinction. Watch this clip to learn about this critically endangered Australian frog, including why it is threatened and how a frog-proof fence might help its survival.


Extinct Australian animals over time

This collection of 21 digital curriculum resources is organised into five categories - fossils and geological time, early mammals and megafauna, recent extinctions, dinosaurs and invertebrates. The diverse groups of extinct Australian animals in the collection are represented in images of fossils, scientific reconstructions ...


Prince Philip opens new mint, 1965 - asset 2

This is a clip taken from the second half of an item in the black-and-white Movietone News newsreel released to cinemas on 25 February 1965. The item is titled 'Royal tour: Prince Philip opens new mint'. The excerpt shows the coin-making machinery in operation in the Royal Australian Mint, Canberra. The Federal Treasurer, ...


Dinosaur fossil bone

This is a colour photograph of a fossil bone set against a black background. This bone is an opalised fossil of a femur, or thigh bone, of a hypsilophodont dinosaur. The blue colouration of this opalised fossil bone is clearly visible.


Tasmanian Tiger, 1932: Thylacine

This clip shows silent black-and-white footage of a Tasmanian tiger ('Thylacinus cynocephalus') in captivity. It was filmed in 1932 at Beaumaris Zoo in Hobart, Tasmania, and shows the Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, in a small enclosure. The thylacine is shown standing, lying, sitting, moving around, pacing, scratching and ...


Places we protect

This is a rich, multilayered resource about 35 protected Bush Heritage reserves throughout Australia. The resource includes a map of Australia that displays the locations of the 35 reserves. Each location is linked to important information and images including: quick facts; visiting information; the animals, plants and ...


Threatened species: database

This is a web resource consisting of a database of numbers of known and threatened species of mammals, birds, freshwater fish, reptiles, amphibians and vascular plants in OECD countries, with the data being the latest available for each country. The data categories are those used by the International Union for Conservation ...


Borneo Live Reef Fish Trade

This nearly 13 minute video segment from Catalyst explains how Fisheries scientists warn that if fishing around the world continues at its current pace, more and more species will vanish. The coral triangle is one particular area where biodiversity is at risk, and the top predator appears to be humans.