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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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10 What we did Spotlighting On two nights we did a 3 kilometre spotlight walk. The purpose of this was to see what animals we could find that were out at night that we might not catch in the traps. The other reason for spotlighting was to look for feral cats. This is part of a project to find out more about what feral cats are doing in Arnhemland including how many of them there are and where they are. As well as spotlighting for them on foot, we also spotlight for them from vehicles and do long walks recording where we find feral cat traps in the sand. This all helps to build up a picture of where cats are, how many of them there are and what they are doing.