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Australian Geographic

July August 2021

Australian Geographic, Australia’s premier geographic journal, brings you the best of the country from those who know it best. Discover Australia’s rich cultural heritage, its beautiful landscapes, its unique and diverse plants and wildlife, and explore outback towns and the true-blue characters who call them home.

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Australian Geographic Holdings Pty Ltd
R 97,32
R 267,84
6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
art union

AN ART UNION is like a lottery, except that it is run to raise money for a charity, and the prize is usually not money but a house on the Gold Coast or a car or both. But art union? It doesn’t seem to have anything to do with any union, and art rarely comes into it. Well, the story is this. Art unions were formed in Britain and Europe in the 19th century as associations to promote the purchasing of paintings and other works of art and dispensing these things among their members by lottery. Over time, things changed in Australia and New Zealand – and only here. All kinds of prizes, not just paintings and other works of art, came to be offered. Consequently, the name art union…

3 min
perfect storm for pandemics

SCIENTISTS AND WORLD Health Organization officials have been trying to control the COVID pandemic while attempting to understand the SARS-CoV-2 virus responsible for it. Where did it come from? And when did it first pass to humans? So far, they believe this most likely occurred in China in a market or farm trading in exotic animals, where many different species come into contact with people. Human diseases that originate in animals are known as zoonotic infections. Determining the origins of COVID may be critical to preventing the next pandemic. But SARS-CoV-2 doesn’t only afflict people: infections have been documented in many domesticated or captive animal species, including cats, dogs, minks, tigers, snow leopards, pumas and gorillas. “Habitat destruction, illegal wildlife trade and other human activities have brought many species into contact with…

1 min
wild australia diary entries

NT Congregating crocs, Kakadu National Park The dry season is a great time to spot Australia’s largest terrestrial predator, the saltwater crocodile. Dwindling pools and rivers cause them to concentrate in ever-shrinking bodies of water, while the cooler weather forces them to haul themselves up onto muddy banks to bask in the sun. Increase your chances by taking the Guluyambi Cultural Cruise, a unique Aboriginal-run boat tour on the East Alligator River. More info: Call Kakadu Cultural Tours on 1800 525 238 or visit kakaduculturaltours.com.au WA Blooming wildflowers, The Kimberley Southern WA is famous for wildflowers in spring and summer. But the state’s far north also has a spectacular, albeit slightly more subtle, floral display, that appears a little earlier. Look for fields of pink bachelor button flowers, roadside verges filled by purple mulla mulla and the…

1 min

THE AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM is presenting one of the most significant exhibitions in its long history – Unsettled. Indigenous voices tell stories in this extraordinary showcase of Australia’s foundations and the resilience and survival of First Nations people. Personal recollections are presented through historical documents, large-scale artworks, immersive experiences and never-before-seen objects from the museum’s collections. Unsettled provides an evidence-based journey for visitors that begins with the signal fires lit by Aboriginal people as a warning when Cook sailed up the east coast in 1770, and highlights the resistance and strength of First Nations people since colonisation in 1788. Featuring more than 190 objects and images and at least 100 contributions by First Nations people from across the country, Unsettled illuminates the power of truth-telling. Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt, a Eualayai…

1 min
ag society fundraiser the numbat

Conservationists and ecologists are desperately trying to rebuild populations of the endangered numbat which have been decimated by feral foxes and cats. The Numbat Task Force is monitoring the recovering population in the Dryandra Woodland in Western Australia, one of only two places where the species survives naturally, and a reintroduced population in Dragon Rocks Nature Reserve, 232km east of Dryandra. Help us raise funds to support this crucial work. They’ll be used to buy sensor cameras and associated equipment, which can detect animals 365 days a year, and also help pay for a flight in a small aircraft to document the survival of radio-collared animals. MAKE A DIFFERENCE. PLEASE DONATE TODAY Funds raised will help save and support numbats in their native habitats. Visit australiangeographic.com.au/fundraising…

2 min
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