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Australia Zoo Crocodile Conservation

CROCODILE CONSERVATION

Steve Irwin began crocodile research in the 1980s, and his capture and study techniques remain the world’s best to this day. Australia Zoo, in partnership with the University of Queensland (UQ) and Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors, now manage the largest and most successful croc research project in the world, utilising these very techniques.

Each August, a team of croc experts, scientists, conservationists, media and VIP guests join the Irwin family for the trip to the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve on Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula. Through research conducted it has been discovered that crocs can spend more than seven hours underwater; we've unlocked secrets regarding their diet, vital information on their movement patterns, and much more to aid in the conservation of these incredible apex predators. These findings have contributed significantly to the knowledge base of crocodilians, with a large focus of the project also being to educate those that share the crocodile’s habitat.

This world-renowned research involves:
  • Tagging and tracking crocodiles in the Wenlock River with Acoustic technology, GPS Satellite transmitters
  • Monitoring crocodile behaviour, their movements and physiology
  • Collecting samples from crocs to discover what foods they are eating
  • Vital research uncovering the distances crocodiles move, their ability to return to their home range after relocation and revolutionary findings on their ability to remain submerged, and their behaviour during flood events
  • Findings critical to managing the co-existence of crocodiles and people
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The Irwin family gear up for : They’re judicious thinkers, protective and loving parents, and affectionate partners....
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Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve : The Queensland Government has announced plans to declare the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reser...
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Wenlock River and Steve Irwin: In a significant win the protection of Cape York Peninsula and the rivers of northern A...
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Wild At Heart: ...
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Steve Irwin Reserve on Cape Y: THE Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve and the Wenlock River on Cape York Peninsula will be d...
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Finding rare species: The team have spotted an Antilopine Kangaroo, and have been told he is very rare to see...
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31th Aug, 2014
Biodiversity on the Steve Irw: While it is primarily the croc research that brings the Australia Zoo and University of...
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30th Aug, 2014
Crikey - the team catch two f: Day one of trap runs has been very successful! The zoo crew captured and released two f...
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29th Aug, 2014
The Irwin family educating lo: Yesterday, Terri, Bindi and Robert visited local schools in Weipa to talk to the kids a...
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28th Aug, 2014
Setting up the traps: Our crew are currently setting up traps along the Wenlock River, which will be baited a...
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27th Aug, 2014
The journey to the Steve Irwi: The countdown is on to commence official research on the 2014 croc trip! The Australia ...
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26th Aug, 2014