2 June 2014
They’re judicious thinkers, protective and loving parents, and affectionate partners. And with incredible homing systems and links to our long-distance past – it’s no wonder the Irwin family are already getting excited about the annual Croc Research Trip in August!
Joined by Professor Craig Franklin and his team from the University of Queensland, Australia Zoo croc experts and the Irwin family will once again make the pilgrimage to the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve in Cape York. The 333,000 acre conservation property in Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula is home to ground-breaking croc research and is critical to managing the co-existence of crocodiles and people.
The project has seen Australia Zoo pour more than $3 million into croc research over the past ten years, and has taught people previously unknown facts about crocodiles. From this research, it is now understood that crocs can hold their breath for 7 hours at a time and can travel up to 60KM in one day.
This research is directly applied to Australia Zoo's international crocodile rescue work, protecting people and crocodilians around the world.
Currently, 114 crocs on the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve have tracking devices. Using data transmitted by satellite back to the laboratory and displayed on Google Earth - the croc research team continue to discover new information on their behaviour, position and physiology.
Croc research was core to Steve’s passion, beginning his own formal crocodile research in 1996. Today, the Irwin family continue his legacy each year at the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve in his honour. His renowned capture and study techniques are still used by the Australia Zoo croc research team today!
The Irwin family need your help to continue breaking new ground in crocodile research. Sponsorship of a croc on the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve will grant you exclusive naming rights of a wild-caught croc, and will help cover the cost of GPS satellite tracking equipment. We are also in need of funds, food and other donations for August. For more information on how you can help, please email email@example.com or phone (07) 5436 2000 today.
**Please note there are limited spots to sponsor a croc, so we recommend contacting us soon**