6 August 2012
Each August a small team of dedicated conservationists makes it's way from Australia Zoo to far north Queensland, up to the 135,000 ha Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve on the Cape York Peninsula for our annual Crocodile Research trip.
The current partnership with the University of Queensland (UQ) and Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors, is making monumental strides in the field of crocodilian research and conservation including capturing, tagging, tracking and monitoring crocodiles in the Wenlock River with GPS Satellite transmitters, vital research uncovering the distances crocodiles move, their ability to return to their habitat after relocation, revolutionary findings on their ability to remain submerged, their behaviour during flood events and findings critical to managing the co-existence of crocodiles and people.
As you can imagine, taking in excess of thirty people, trucks, cars, boats, equipment and provisions 2300km anywhere for a month is a massive logistical task! It wouldn't be possible without the help and support from many businesses and individuals who have chipped in and we like to give a huge thank-you to the following businesses and individuals for their contribution and continued support:
- Nestle, Feeding Frenzy Food court and Coca Cola for donating food and drinks. Thanks guys!
- RACQ - Car & marine batteries.
- Sanitarium - Cereal, for the most important meal of the day.
- Mission - Wraps, for lunch and dinner to keep our hard working Croc research team well fed!
- Devondale - Milk, butter, cream, cheese.
- Glad - Snap lock bags.
- Solas, Boating Lifestyle Adventure, Whitworths Mooloolaba - Marine supplies, safety equipment and propellers.
- Sean Roach - Flatbed truck hire.
- 5 year old Cooper donated toilet paper with his own pocket money. He also gave us a great nachos recipe. Thanks champ!
- Plus the many people who donated non-perishables.
If you would like to help our vital crocodile research you can sponsor our Crocodile Conservation Project.
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