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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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14 What did we find spotlighting? Spotlighting was an important way of finding out what animals were present that we might not have caught in the traps or on camera. In total we found 12 different animals that we didnt find in the traps. This included: 2 feral cats Danngarr (frill-necked lizard) Mod - Childrens python 4 different belerrk (geckos) 3 different djaddi (frogs). Dan shot one of the cats and we brought it back to see what it had been eating. When we cut it open and looked in its stomach we found that it was full of grey fur. It had been eating small mammals.

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