The International Wildlife Ranching Symposium, South Africa

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By , October 18, 2011 9:49 am
AWS staff and Angas Downs' Indigenous Rangers sent a delegation to the International Wildlife Ranching Symposium, South Africa in Kimberley in October 2011. The theme of the Symposium was - The business of conservation – science, livelihoods and values. “The greatest contribution that wildlife ranching can make is in its extension to rural peoples throughout the world and the benefit from its sustainable use." Three papers were delivered: George Wilson (Australian Wildlife Services) Status of wildlife ranching in Australia – an overview Jennifer Smits, George Wilson, Tim Lander, Brad Lander, David Wongway and Darren Williamson  Indigenous land management for sustainable land and wildlife use on Angas Downs Indigenous Protected Area, Central Australia George Wilson and Jennifer Smits (Australian Wildlife Services) Australian conservation through sustainable use of kangaroos The Rangers were honoured guests at the Symposium with Ministers and delegates jumping at the chance for a photo with the group. They made a presentation on the types of land management they are undertaking and progress with their work on Angas Downs IPA and how it relates to cultural maintenance. The Rangers  secured generous funding from the Mutitjulu Foundation to enable them to attend from Angas Downs Indigenous Protected Area, Northern Territory. Australian Government programs and Rotary Groups also supported the delegation. Other activities and learning adventures undertaken by Angas Downs Rangers in South Africa can be viewed here.

Angas Downs Rangers with the Premier of North West Cape

Indigenous Heritage – new recording of sites on Angas Downs

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By , September 13, 2011 12:50 pm
During August-September, Indigenous Heritage surveys of rock art and artefact sites on Angas Downs was undertaken by Aboriginal elders, Australian Wildlife Services, Angas Downs Rangers and volunteers. Significant discoveries were made including rock painting and carvings sites and areas with abundant stone tools. The project which is ongoing, aims to locate and document unrecorded heritage sites, assess site condition, consult with traditional owners and community and formulate monitoring and management plans to protect the sites. The new sites have cultural importance as well as tourism potential for the Anangu owners of Angas Downs. Discussions to lead tourists to the sites will take place after assessment of site condition and management plans are in place. Anangu elders have asked to keep the locations and photos of the paintings confidential until Anangu elders are able to discuss their aspirations.

Angas Downs IPA Field Report 2010-2011

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By , August 3, 2011 4:06 pm
The Angas Downs IPA field report for 2010-11 is now available. The report outlines the results of biodiversity surveys and landscape health surveys completed on the Indigenous Protected Area during that period. The report can be downloaded here Home (0 downloads)  

Kangaroos, low emission meat and the Carbon Farming Initiative

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By , July 21, 2011 6:23 pm
The ABC Science Show on 16 July 2011 discussed the future of meat in Australia and the world. The presenter Robyn Williams asked the questions, 'Can we afford all the land, energy, water and carbon release cattle and sheep require? Is farming meat now just too hard? Should roos be used as substitutes? Could we manufacture meat in vats in factories instead, using bacteria?' He interviewed George Wilson who presented a paper on "Kangaroos, low emission meat and the Carbon Farming Initiative. The program Where's the beef? Or is this the end of meat? can be downloaded from the ABC RN Science Show website.  

AWS aircraft

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By , July 19, 2011 3:12 pm
AWS has acquired a part share of an aircraft to assist with our field work and data collection. The Cessna 182 Turbo was flown out from Florida in USA via Hawai and Samoa, landing at the Gold Coast in late April. In June it was used in a survey of feral camels in the Great Victoria Desert in central Australia. In late August 2011 it provided support to searches of gullies and remote creeks on Angas Downs looking for Anangu art and heritage sites. It also conducted kangaroo and camel survey of the property.

Camel survey from the air – Great Victoria Desert

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By , June 10, 2011 10:06 am
AWS is collaborating in the collection of information on the distribution and abundance of camels in the Great Victoria Desert. The project involves large-scale aerial survey across the South Australian and West Australian border. Transects are flown at 250 feet above the ground and a 200 m strip is observed on either side of the aircraft in which camels are counted. The results are then used to estimate camel populations in the region as a prelude to subsequent control. In recent years the growing size and impact of the feral camel population in Australia’s rangelands has emerged as a serious issue of management. The Australian Government has committed $19 million to a four-year project to reduce the number and density of feral camels around priority environmental assets (biological refugia and high conservation value aquatic ecosystems). With an equivalent level of activity by state governments, there is potential for a significant reduction in the size and impact of the feral camel herd, as well as opportunities for some development of a local camel industry. More details at

15th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference – Indigenous Wildlife and Feral Management

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By , June 7, 2011 1:34 pm
Dr George Wilson Chaired the Indigenous Wildlife /Feral Management session at the 15th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference in Sydney 20-23 June 2011. Further information visit the AVPC website. 15th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference
‎15th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference

Angkum Indigenous Protected Area

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By , June 7, 2011 1:00 pm
  Australian Wildlife Services is helping traditional owners of the Angkum homelands, Cape York Queensland to develop a plan of management for the proposed Angkum Indigenous Protected Area (IPA). Angkum Homelands are on the east coast of Cape York Peninsula, about 80km south of Lockhart River, at about 13 degrees south of the equator in the Cape York Peninsula biogeographic region. Angkum want to maintain and restore the integrity of the land and sea environments of the Angkum homelands, as well as sustain the interaction between Angkum people and their natural resources. Australian Wildlife Services will work with traditional owners of this unique environment to deliver their dream and aspirations for management and monitoring of Angkum IPA and combining traditioanl ecological knowledge with science. Importantly, traditional owners will be establishing a visitor protocol for visitors to Angkum homelands and IPA which will enable rangers and the IPA manager to enforce correct use of thier lands and sea country.

Collecting GPS collars on ACT Kangaroos

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By , March 17, 2011 9:04 am
On 13 March 2011, George Wilson of Australian Wildlife Services volunteered with ACT Parks and Wildlife to collect GPS tracking collars from Kangaroos around ACT Parks. Eastern grey kangaroos have been fitted with GPS tracking collars to assess their home range and movement throughout ACT's urban parks. Twelve of these collars were programmed to fall off the kangaroos on March 13. A radio tracking receiver was used to find collar signals. The receivers are able to pick up collar direction and proximity to help the volunteers locate the collars. For more information visit the TAMS website.

Video of Angas Downs Rangers at work

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By , March 2, 2011 9:30 am
A video of rangers carrying out their duties on Angas Downs is available on Youtube: Video. It has been prepared for the rangers to present to the Indigenous Protected Areas Managers Meeting held in Jervis Bay, NSW and the Central Land Council Ranger Camp, Ross River, NT, March 2011.