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The Emu is Australia’s tallest native bird, reaching 1.6-1.9m when standing erect. It weighs 30-45kg, which is lighter than its closest living relative, the Southern Cassowary Casuarius casuarius.
Emus are easy to identify. Adult Emus are covered with shaggy grey-brown feathers except for the neck and head, which are largely naked and bluish-black. The wings are greatly reduced, but the legs are long and powerful. Each foot has three forward-facing toes and no hind toe.
The Emu is found only in Australia. It lives throughout most of the continent, ranging from coastal regions to high in the Snowy Mountains. The main habitats are sclerophyll forest and savanna woodland. These birds are rarely found in rainforest or very arid areas. Emus were once found in Tasmania, but were exterminated soon after Europeans arrived. Two dwarf species of emus that lived on Kangaroo Island and King Island also became extinct.
October 14, 2006 – 6:43PM
Funds for the Irwin family’s Wildlife Warriors charity are expected to skyrocket past the current two million mark as sales of the Steve Irwin’s memorial DVD begin this week.
Wildlife Warriors executive manager Michael Hornby said donations to the fund in the past month had reached $2 million – enough to fund its animal hospital and international programs for six to nine months.
Many of the donations were spurred on by Mr Irwin’s shock death on September 4, when the Crocodile Hunter was killed by a stingray barb in a diving accident on the Great Barrier Reef.
The one-hour public memorial service for the conservationist, which aired world-wide from Australia Zoo last month, has been made into a DVD which was released across Australia today.
The DVD will also sell in the US and Britain and all proceeds will go to the Wildlife Warriors.
Mr Hornby said hundreds of thousands of copies were expected to be sold which would fund the future of the charity, of which Irwin’s eight-year-old daughter Bindi is now the face.AAP
On the offchance that your mosaic contains shells or you are not sure if your packaging is questionable…
The Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) checks goods arriving at international mail centres, airports and seaports.
Quarantine officers, x-ray machines and detector dogs screen all of the 150 million items of international mail sent to Australia each year, intercepting around 80,000 high-risk items.
Tips for sending international mail to Australia:
- Do not send prohibited food, plant material or animal products.
- To find out about product requirements and import conditions visit www.aqis.gov.au/icon
- Fill out the declaration label clearly and correctly. Make sure you itemise
everything inside the package, including any packaging materials
- Do not pack items in egg cartons, wooden boxes, or cardboard boxes that have been used to hold fruit, vegetables or meat/smallgoods: this packaging is a quarantine risk and is prohibited.
- Do not pack with straw or dried plant material: this packaging is prohibited. Use newspaper or foam to wrap fragile goods.
- Thoroughly clean all footwear, sporting and camping equipment to remove any soil or seeds.
- Tell friends and family overseas about Australia’s quarantine laws and ask them not to send prohibited food, plant material and animal products.
- You could be fined up to $60,000 for breaching Australia’s quarantine laws.
What will AQIS remove from international mail? This
is not a complete list of prohibited items. Some of these items can be
treated and released (fees will apply). Any items containing insects or
larvae will be removed and must be treated.
Meat and Meat Products
Dairy, Eggs and Egg Products
- all uncanned meat — including fresh, dried, frozen, cooked, smoked, salted or preserved meat
- packaged meals (including noodles) containing meat
- mooncakes containing meat
- remedies and medicines containing animal material
- pet food including canned and dried food and supplements
- cheese, milk, butter and other dairy products*
meals and other foods containing more than 10 per cent dairy or egg
(whole, dried and powdered, such as cake mix, salad dressing,
- mooncakes containing egg
Seeds and Nuts
including vegetable and flower seeds, unidentified seeds, birdseed and
- gifts, ornaments and toys filled with seeds
- pine cones
- raw nuts
- grains and legumes including lentils, popping corn and cereal grains
- raw/green coffee beans
- tea containing seeds, fruit skin (for example citrus and apple peel) and fruit pieces
- remedies and medicines containing herbs, seeds, bark, fungi and dried plant material*
- dried flower arrangements and potpourri
- dried herbs or leaves
– including wreaths and Christmas decorations – containing
seeds, raw nuts, corn, pine cones, grapevines, bark, moss, straw or
other plant material
- wooden items with bark or signs of insects present
Plants and Soil
Live Animals, Animal Products
- all plant material including bulbs, whole plants, cuttings, roots, flowers and stems
- soil, including small souvenir or sentimental samples
sporting and camping equipment contaminated with soil, manure or plant
- gifts, ornaments and toys filled with sand or soil
mammals, birds, birds’ eggs and nests, fish, snakes, turtles,
lizards, scorpions, amphibians, crustaceans and
- souvenirs, artefacts and goods made of animal products such as raw hide, feathers, teeth and bones
Fruit and Vegetables
- medical and animal samples
- diagnostic kits and micro-organisms*
- fresh fruit and vegetables
- dried fruit and vegetables containing seeds or fruit peel
* Special conditions apply-check import conditions on ICON
For further detailed assessment on individual items please refer to
the AQIS Import Conditions Database (ICON)