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Scat Chat with WWF

Tune in to the podcast Scat Chat with WWF-Australia to get to the bottom of all the things that animal scat - or poo - can teach us about the animals that made it and how you can help.

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Let’s talk about poo.

Tune in to Scat Chat with WWF-Australia hosted by comedian Carlo Ritchie and featuring a fascinating line up of WWF-Australia conservationists who get to the bottom of all the things that animal scat - or poo - can teach us about the animals that made it. Every episode of Scat Chat with WWF reveals incredible info about the scat of your favourite Australian animals, the environment they call home and what you can do at home to help them.

 

Discover the shiniest, cubiest, biggest and best scat Australian wildlife have to offer and all the truly amazing things that scat can tell us. Subscribe today for free and find out more!

 


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Episode 1: How do you find a koala that leaves no trail?

Did you know koala poo smells good? It can also be used to find koalas during an emergency! Find out more about Australia’s most iconic animal and how you can help them thrive in this wild episode of Scat Chat with WWF.

 

Featuring: Tanya Pritchard - Landscape Restoration Project Manager, WWF-Australia.

 

We would like to thank the following partners for their support of the work mentioned in this episode:

University of the Sunshine Coast, The Turner Family Foundation, Dendra Systems & Bangalow Koalas

Supported by the Australian Government's Bushfire Recovery for Wildlife and their Habitats

Episode 2: Eastern quoll droppings into your DMs

If you were asked to name the prettiest animal poo, we bet your first thought wouldn’t be the eastern quoll. But that’s exactly

what a diet of shiny insects will get you - dazzling droppings! Find out more interesting factoids and some quoll-ity puns in

this Scat Chat with WWF episode.

 

Featuring: Rob Brewster - Rewilding Program Manager, WWF-Australia.

 

We would like to thank the following partners for their support of the work mentioned in this episode:

The work to rewild the eastern quoll is a collaboration with WWF-Australia, Parks Australia, The Australian National University, Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community

Council and Taronga Conservation Society.

The Marna Banggara project is jointly funded through the Northern and Yorke Landscape Board, the Australian Government, the South Australian Department for

Environment and Water, WWF-Australia and Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife.
Other partners actively involved in developing and delivering the project include:
Regional Development Australia, South Australian Tourism Commission, Zoos SA, FAUNA Research Alliance, BirdLife Australia, Nature Conservation Society of SA,

Narungga Nation Aboriginal Corporation, Primary Producers SA, Primary Industries and Regions SA, Conservation Volunteers Australia, Legatus Group,

Yorke Peninsula Council, Yorke Peninsula Tourism and Scientific Expedition Group.

Episode 3: It’s hip to be square if you’re a wombat

If there was a prize for the best shaped poo, wombats would take the cake thanks to their square-shaped scat. Tune in to this episode of Scat Chat with WWF to find out how wombats and their cubed poo are helping conservation efforts.

 

Featuring: Dr Kita Ashman - Threatened Species and Climate Adaptation Ecologist, WWF-Australia.

 

We would like to thank the following partners for their support of the work mentioned in this episode:

Charles Sturt University & NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

Episode 4: A tail of a whale

It’s the biggest poo in the world and it helps fertilise our ocean with surprising benefits. Whale poo might just be the most fascinating animal scat there is! Check out this chock-full chapter of Scat Chat with WWF to learn more about whales and the power of their poo.

 

Featuring: Chris Johnson -  Global Lead of WWF's Protecting Whales & Dolphins Initiative, WWF-Australia.

 

We would like to thank the following partners for their support of the work mentioned in this episode:

University of California Santa Cruz, Oregon State University, University of Southampton & WWF Protecting Whales & Dolphins Initiative.

Episode 5: Setting our sights on the spectacled hare-wallaby

How do you find an animal you haven’t seen in a decade? You search for scat! For years the spectacled hare-wallaby was thought to be locally extinct in Western Australia, until the Yawuru Country Managers and other local ranger groups discovered fresh signs of wallaby poo. Make some discoveries of your own in this eye-opening episode of Scat Chat with WWF.

 

Featuring: Pius Gregory, Cultural Environmental Project Officer, WWF-Australia and Dr Leigh-Ann Woolley, Species Conservation Manager, WWF-Australia.

 

We would like to thank the following partners for their support of the work mentioned in this episode:

Nyamba Buru Yawuru Aboriginal Corporation and Yawuru Country Managers
Supported by Lotterywest


Read all about it

Deep dive into all things scat in the Scat Chat with WWF episode rundowns.

 

Episode 1: Koala

Koala in tree © Shutterstock / Yatra / WWF

 

How do you find a koala that leaves no trail? Find out how science

and scat is helping to save Australia's most iconic animal, and what you

can do at home to help them thrive.

 

READ MORE

 

 

Episode 2: Eastern Quoll

Eastern Quoll © Shutterstock / Martin Pelanek / WWF

 

If you were asked to name the prettiest animal poo, we bet your first thought

wouldn’t be the eastern quoll. Learn some quoll-ity puns as we get to

the bottom of what makes eastern quoll droppings so dazzling.

 

READ MORE

 

 

Episode 3: Wombat

Wombat walking in Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria © Chris Farrell Nature Photography / WWF-Australia

 

If there was a prize for the best shaped poo, wombats would take the cake.

Tune in to this episode of Scat Chat with WWF to find out how wombats and

their cubed poo are helping conservation efforts.

 

READ MORE

 

Episode 4: Whales

Whale swimming in the ocean © Venti Views / Unsplash

Have a whale of a time - dive into all things whales and the power of their poo

on episode four of Scat Chat with WWF.

 

READ MORE

 

 

Episode 5: Spectacled Hare-Wallaby

Spectacled hare-wallaby on a sensor camera image © Yawuru Country Managers

Setting our sights on the spectacled hare-wallaby

on episode four of Scat Chat with WWF.

 

READ MORE

 

Meet your host: Carlo Ritchie

Carlo Ritchie is an improviser, actor and writer. As one half of acclaimed improv comedy duo The Bear Pack, he has sold out tours both at home and abroad, notably at the Edinburgh Fringe and the invite-only Cat Laughs festival in Ireland.

 

Carlo’s podcast credits include the cult favourite Hosting co-hosted with Guy Montgomery and RNZ’s Did Titanic Sink with Tim Batt. In addition to being a regular guest in Dictionary Corner on SBS Australia's Celebrity Letters and Numbers, his television credits include ABC's Mikki Versus the World, Prank You Very Much and A Beginners Guide to Grief for SBS on demand. Carlo is currently a writer for children's television institution, Play School

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