“How do we get pigs out of the rainforest?” This is a critical question facing Kalan Rangers, based in Cape York Peninsula. In this video, Traditional Owner Dion Creek points out an example of how pigs can impact the biodiversity of tropical rainforests. While aerial culling may be effective in open landscapes, finding a solution to control pigs in forests is more challenging.
A community-led collaborative research project has improved the capacity of the Lama Lama Rangers to monitor wetlands on their country. Working together, the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Limited (NAILSMA), South Cape York Catchments (SCYC), and the Lama Lama Rangers have developed a rapid assessment method, allowing them to monitor more wetlands more often.
What would Kalan wetlands look like without feral pigs? That’s the question Hub researcher Justin Perry from the CSIRO and the Kalan rangers are asking. The Rangers are setting up an experiment to compare fenced wetlands, which have been protected from threats, to unfenced sites.
Feral cats are eating native Australian animals. Indigenous rangers and Traditional Owners from the Warddeken Indigenous Protected Area have been working with scientists to monitor native mammal numbers and the impact of feral cats on their country.
Twenty-nine mammal species have become extinct since European settlement – more than 10% of Australia’s endemic mammal fauna.
Native mammals have been in broad scale decline across northern Australia, however the mammal populations on Bathurst Island near Darwin in the Northern Territory appear to be in relatively good condition. In this video Stuart Young and Willie Rioli from the Tiwi Land Rangers talk about the mammal populations on the Tiwi Islands.
The Tiwi Islands are 80 km north of Darwin. They consist of 11 islands in total with Melville and Bathurst islands being the two largest.
Doing field work on the floodplains of Kakadu isn’t always easy. Watch the story of Dominic and Francisco’s encounter with a crocodile on the Yellow Water floodplain, while they were conducting field work a Northern Australia Hub biodiversity research project.
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