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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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Australia Zoo staff jump into: The Irwin family and the Australia Zoo crocodile research team have made it to Steve Ir...
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Australia Zoo crocodile hunti: A MONSTER-sized crocodile named Juergen is among more than 100 crocs being targeted by ...
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Is this the world's first Cro: He has talked a lot about continuing Steve Irwin’s legacy. And on Wednesday 2013 Big ...
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Big Brother winner Tim Dormer: He says apart from the $250,000 prize, meeting Bindi Irwin was one of the best things t...
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Terri Irwin opens up about li: Millions were shocked and devastated when Steve ‘the Crocodile Hunter’ Irwin was ki...
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THIS WEEK'S WHO: ROYAL BABY N: Remembering Joan Rivers, Steve Irwin's legacy - and an inside look into Beyonce and Jay...
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Irwin family and Australia Zo: A 3.5-METRE croc named “OzEsauce” has given a team of trappers from Australia Zoo a...
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Australia Zoo crocodile hunti: A MONSTER-sized crocodile named Juergen is among more than 100 crocs being targeted by ...
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Big Brother’s Tim Dormer is: IN what may be the strangest holiday ever, reigning Big Brother winner Tim Dormer will ...
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Bindi Irwin is determined to : HER dad died when she was eight years old. In the days and weeks after his death she de...
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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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The team start the journey ho: After an enormously successful few weeks on the SIWR, the croc trip 2014 team are packi...
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17th Sept, 2014
We catch Kirrhi the skilful c: We've recently caught at 11'9 croc called Kirrhi, the murray word for skilful. We've in...
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16th Sept, 2014
Recapturing crocs is just as : We recaptured Enzo, a croc originally caught in 2011. He has grown 10.5 since first cap...
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15th Sept, 2014
Napranam rangers learn about : After visiting in June for the indigenous fire workshops held on the Steve Irwin Wildli...
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14th Sept, 2014
Searching for the Northern Qu: The team hope to capture imagery of the protected Northern Quoll through cameras set in...
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13th Sept, 2014
Two new crocs are caught!: We've caught 2 new crocodiles in the Wenlock River – one is Chris, a 10' ½ male croc...
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12th Sept, 2014
The team are treated to great: Two important members of the croc trip team, Lou and Asha from Bedazzled Events, are pr...
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11th Sept, 2014
Learning about croc behaviour: UQ researcher Ross Dwyer retrieves around 57 receivers from the river each year in orde...
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10th Sept, 2014
Robert Irwin gets into wildli: The Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve is home to some amazing wildlife, making ideal photo s...
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9th Sept, 2014
The team catch Juergen for th: Jeurgen, a phenomenal 15'3” croc has been caught for the third year straight – the ...
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8th Sept, 2014
Herping adventures: Australia Zoo’s snake expert, Dave, took the croc crew out ‘herping’ (exploring f...
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7th Sept, 2014
Bluebottle springs: We filmed with Channel Nine’s Today Show in the reserve’s Bluebottle Springs. The t...
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6th Sept, 2014
OzEsauce: Today we tagged and released an 11 ft 5.5 inch male croc – kindly sponsored by Dick a...
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5th Sept, 2014
Professor Craig Franklin’s : Last night, Professor Craig Franklin from University of Queensland, who heads up resear...
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4th Sept, 2014
The team catch not-so-tiny Ti: Our newest Wildlife Warriors ambassador Tim Dormer is here! Filming with Channel Nine's...
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3rd Sept, 2014
The team visit Ling Creek!: Today some of the team went to Ling Creek, a significant creek on the SIWR. Fed by perc...
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2nd Sept, 2014
Yesterday we caught the bigge: Rachel, named after a lovely Who Magazine journalist on the trip. She measures 9 ft 7.5...
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1st Sept, 2014
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