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Grappling with the unthinkable: Small mammal extinctions spreading to northern Australia


  • John Woinarski,

  • Tein McDonald

  • The normal expectation of an ecologist working for decades in the largely intact landscape of Australia’s north would be to discover over time more and more about its rich and remarkable diversity of fauna – but this interview shows that the reality of this ecologist’s 20-year experience is that the native fauna have been disappearing before his eyes.

John Woinarskiis Director of the Biodiversity Conservation Division of the Northern Territory Department of Natural Resources, Environment, the Arts and Sport (PO Box 496, Palmerston, NT 0831, Australia; This interview arose from the need to convey to a general audience the dire and puzzling threats to mammals in Australia’s north at a time when improvements to conservation management of the north are still possible.