Territory Stories

Dukaladjarrandj Camp 2013



Dukaladjarrandj Camp 2013

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A report by the Djelk Rangers


Djelk Rangers


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Arnhem Land


During these camps, Dukaladjarrandj is the ‘bush office’ from which Djelk does scientific and land management work including; Looking for, tracking and trapping animals and recording plant information to build up the story of what is living in this important area; Managing fire and feral animals; Taking care of and learning from bim (rock art) and other important sites; Giving Traditional Owners an opportunity to join the camp and share their skills and experience. - Page 2


This project was supported by funding from the Australian Government’s Indigenous Protected Areas, Working on Country and National Environmental Research Programs. Logo on back cover: Bawinanga Caring for Country, National Environmental Research Program Northern Australia Hub, Northern Territory Government and Australia, Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. The camp was held over 10 days from 15-24 May 2013.; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

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Njaleken -The purpose of the camp -- Ngad-ngarri wokdi – We talked -- Information -- Our activities in 2013 -- When - Who - Where? -- Trapping for animals -- What did we find? -- Using camera traps -- What did we find on the cameras? -- Night walking -- Manwurrk – early burning -- Working with the men -- Bungul - Kunborrk -- Amazing rock art -- Bush food and art materials -- Sacred site visit -- Important things -- Species list -- Acknowledgements --




Learning on country; Conservation of natural resources; Park rangers; Aboriginal Australians

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Djelk Rangers

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[31] pages : colour illustrations, colour map, tables ; 21 x 30 cm

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What did we find? We observed or found tracks and scats from 36 different mammal, reptile and frog species. For a full list, please see the end of the report. 8 species are endemic to Arnhem land or the NT, including barrk (black wallaroo), djaddi (Jabiru toadlet), 3 different moloborndok (Arnhem Land dtella, giant cave gecko and jewelled velvet gecko) and 3 different rlokrlok (Coggers Ctenotus, scant-striped Ctenotus and Douglas skink). Endemic means that they are found no where else in Australia. What about all the mammals? The only small mammal observed was a djirrkkinj (delicate mouse) found by Jay Rostron and caught on camera trap (see next section). Northern Australia is in the midst of an extinction wave of small mammals they are being lost every where. Our work in the Djelk IPA is very important rangers need to keep taking care of country and we need to keep looking for these animals so when they are found, they can be protected with good land management. Djelk is part of a Northern Australian program of collaborative research (NERP) concerned with small mammal decline

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