Keeping our native fauna safe

Secondary students from the Territory’s Watiyawanu School, and Kiwirrkurra in Western Australia, last week visited Newhaven Reserve 360 kms west of Alice Springs to learn how to protect fauna from feral predators.

During the three-day bush camp they learnt about the cat-proof fence and cat eradication program that protects the Rufous Hare-wallaby, Great desert skink, and Mulgara.

The program was supported by Nyirripi Rangers, Tangentyere Council Landcare, CSIRO scientists, and sponsored by BHP Billiton.

Watiyawanu School principal Larry Kenny said: “The students learnt about feral animal capture and eradication from the reserve, tracking, and the identification of several Giant desert skink and Mulgara burrows.

“They also went for night walk along the reserve enclosure to encounter the Rufous Hare-wallaby.”

Last updated: 11 July 2018