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Ngangkan Culture Camp and Biodiversity Survey



Ngangkan Culture Camp and Biodiversity Survey


Warddeken Rangers


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Warddeken Indigenous Protected area.


Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).; Discusses the purpose of the survey as being an opportunity for the local Warddeken traditional owners and their families as well as rangers and scientists from the Northern Territory Government to work together and learn about the biodiversity of animals found in the area as well as learning about their own local culture; describes the type of animals that were caught in the traps that included feral cats which would be eradicated; also discusses the location of the survey as being at Ngangkan in Ngolkwarre country located at Warddeken on the western Arnhem Plateau of the Northern Territory.


This project was supported by funding from the Australian Government’s National Environmental Research Programs. Warddeken Land Management logo on front cover - Northern Territory Government logo on back cover.

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Where and why? -- Who was there? -- What we did - Cultural activities - Animal survey - How we put our traps out - Spotlighting -- What did we find? -- What did we find spotlighting? -- Species list --Our thoughts and what next




Feral animals; Cat control; Environmental management; Culture; Bush tucker; Aboriginal Australians

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National Environmental Research Program Northern Australia Hub

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18 pages : colour illustrations, colour maps ; 15 cm x 30 cm.

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11 What did we find? We found 36 different mammal, reptile and frog species. For a full list, please see the end of the report. This included 21 different reptiles, 7 frogs, 6 native mammals and 2 feral mammals. In 2012, at the same sites, we found 18 different reptiles, 1 frog, 5 native mammals and 3 feral animals. Survey highlights included catching three sandstone antechinus and finding, for the second year, Alwalngurru (chameleon dragons, Chelosania brunnea) These are a totemic and culturally important species rarely seen in over twenty years. We also found Yirlin-kirrk-kirr, white-throated grasswren, at or near two of the sites. These birds like places with lots of old spinifex grass that doesnt get burnt too often. Finding them in this place two years in a row shows the fire management here must be good for them. It will be interesting to see if they are still there next year because the fire drive was done in the area where one family of these birds were seen. 11 Sandstone antechinus