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Fairy wren. Photo: Rebecca Gee.
Superb Fairy-wren in the Reed Beds at Millewa Forest, NSW
Lake Hume, Victoria. Photo: Bell Commercial Photography (2008).
Lake Hume, Victoria
Thorny Devil, Uluru. Photo: Michael Nelson.
Thorny Devil, Uluru
Cobourg Peninsula Aboriginal Land & Wildlife Sanctuary. Photo: Jeanette Muirhead.
Cobourg Peninsula Aboriginal Land & Wildlife Sanctuary, Nothern Territory
Geikie Gorge, West Kimberley.
Geikie Gorge, West Kimberley
Echidna. Photo: Cathy Zwick.
Echidna spines close up


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The Department of the Environment is urging people to be aware of a scam involving the purchase of puppies.
The Minister is considering granting a permit to export one (1) Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) as a household pet to Canada. Comments close 4 August 2015.
Invitation to comment on listing assessments for Euastacus dharawalus (Fitzroy Falls spiny crayfish) and Galaxias rostratus (flathead galaxias) - The public consultation period will be open until 11 September 2015

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