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Australian Geographic Explorers

Australian Geographic Explorers

Issue 3
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Australian Geographic Explorers is a magazine for kids up to 12 years old, with curious minds who love our amazing planet and all its animals. Each issue is filled with in-depth features with real-life earth heroes, science, our incredible indigenous culture, the latest news and of course our one-of-a-kind Aussie wildlife.

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Australian Geographic Holdings Pty Ltd
6 Issues

in this issue

1 min.

So great to have you along on our third issue! Hope you are loving Explorers. This time around we have Robert Irwin as our cover star and feature interview. Robert is such a nice guy, and we learnt some surprising facts about this down-to-earth animal lover too! Inside we speak to master bushman Bob Cooper, the marine rescue stars of Melbourne Zoo and Tim Faulkner tells us what we can do to stop more animals going extinct. You’ll also learn about zero waste, unravel the mystery of meteors and find out how planes evolved. Our MEGA wall poster this issue is of frogs, but you could choose to put the wombat and blue-tongue lizard posters up instead. We love hearing from you, so please feel free to email any time. mallars@australiangeographic.com…

1 min.
world wildlife day youth art winner 2021

Every year the International Fund for Animal Welfare runs a youth art contest which is open to young artists from around the world. This year there were more than 600 entrants from over 50 countries. The theme for the contest was Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet. The entries were diverse, depicting everything from lush forests to our most vulnerable wildlife. The field was narrowed down to 13 artists from 11 countries by a judging panel made up of IFAW, CITES and UNDP representatives, as well as Aussie Tiarn Garland (2020 winner), Zimbabwe's Minister of Arts Kirsty Coventry, cartoonist Jim Toomey, and founder of Our Daily Planet Monica Medina. Winner 2021 Ka Yi Siu from Hong Kong, China, was selected as the winner for her piece Balance Between Urban and Nature. To…

1 min.

Why didn’t the koala get the job? He was over-koala-fied. What do you call a bunny with lice? Bugs Bunny. Why do French people eat snails? They don’t like fast food! blunt Why is a bad joke like a blunt pencil? Because it has no point. Why did the Sahara become an archaeologist? Because its career was in ruins. What did the astronaut say when he crashed into the moon? I Apollo-gise! Why didn't the skeleton cross the road? He didn’t have any guts. What did the science book say to the maths book? Wow, you’ve got a lot of problems. What kind of key opens up a banana? A monkey of course. Why is it so windy in the stadium? Because of all those fans! IMAGES: SHUTTERSTOCK; KOALA IMAGE DREW HOPPER…

4 min.
an incredible life

Q+A 1 Robert, your life must be so busy! How do you make time for yourself? I definitely don’t live a very common lifestyle, and every day is packed full of adventures. But it is so wonderful getting to do what I love. So even when I do find free time for myself, I usually choose to spend it hanging out with animals at the zoo, which might mean cuddling a Komodo dragon or maybe feeding a saltwater crocodile. And when we’re away from the zoo, I’m usually found out mountain biking, hiking or photographing. 2 You have such an incredible life – what do you appreciate the most about it? I certainly feel like the luckiest kid on the planet, living in a zoo and growing up experiencing some of the most incredible…

4 min.
learn how to survive in the bush

1 How did you get into bush survival? All my life I’ve been extremely interested in nature. I started out teaching basic skills at the YMCA in 1979, and now combine traditional methods with our technology to teach outback survival in my campfire classroom. I have had a number of life threatening experiences, including being in a helicopter forced landing in a remote location, where two of us had to walk out to get help. 2 What do you wish everyone knew about the bush? That the bush is not a scary place. It is a truly beautiful place, and if you respect it and take precautions then there is no reason for you to not go out and explore it. 3 What do you never leave home without? My personal mini survival kit. This…

1 min.
you heard it here first

Slater, 7, loves surfing and skateboarding. His favourite thing about Australia is the beaches, especially the creatures he can find in the rock pools! Meanwhile in space… The NASA rover Perseverance, which was launched on July 30, 2020, landed safely on Mars on February 18, 2021. One of its main jobs is to search for signs of life. Awesome! Reader pop-ups Gwenna, 7, likes dogs, riding her bike, soccer, swimming and editing photos. Her favourite thing about Australia is that there aren’t many big buildings, and there are lots of trees and plants. Jacob, 8, loves chocolate Tim Tams, jokes, dancing, swimming, basketball and soccer. His favourite Aussie animal is a platypus because it has cool abilities. Our hero Aussie Nicole Rycroft wants to stop 800-year-old trees being cut down to make T-shirts, books and packaging.…