Angas Downs Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) is an Indigenous-owned 320,500-hectare (1,237 sq mi) pastoral lease, within the MacDonnell Shire area, 300 km south-west of Alice Springs, Northern Territory, 135 km east from Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park (Ayers Rock), 100 km south-east of Kings Canyon/Watarrka National Park and 40 km from Mt Ebenezer Roadhouse on the Lasseter Highway.
It was declared and formally recognized as an Indigenous Protected Area as part of the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country scheme on 10 June 2009. The property forms part of Australia’s National Reserve System.
Anangu Rangers work on the property on conservation and land management tasks, see 10 minute video Their work program is based on Kuka Kanyini, ‘looking after game animals’.
A plan of management was prepared by the members of the community with support from Australian Wildlife Services. It draws on traditional land management practices and sets out priorities for scientists and wildlife managers to work with Anangu from Imanpa to increase kuka (game), control ferals and protect cultural sites and the environment. The plan of management listens to what the elders want for their country and combines it with science that is respectful of Anangu knowledge, culture and important sites. Copies can be downloaded from Australian Wildlife Services’ publication lists.
Australian Wildlife Services provides ongoing scientific support to Angas Downs IPA. We work closely with the Imanpa community and Anangu Rangers on a range of fronts including environmental/biodiversity monitoring, aerial surveys, funding applications, reporting, cultural and historical documentation, providing and organising training and education opportunities, developing tourism opportunities, ensuring delivery on Anangu land management aspirations, for example, more kuka (game) species and re-introducing the emu and conservation outcomes.
Recent activies on Angas Downs include:
- Angas Downs IPA Brochure 2012 - PDF 1.63 MB - 2012-05-18
- remote cameras
- emu rearing
- bird, reptile and amphibian and mammal surveys
- plant surveys, medicine and bush tucker surveys
- sustainable cattle enterprise
- cultural site documentation
- landscape and soil carbon surveys
- aerial surveys
- feral management
- tourism trials
- external funding applications and fund raising
- wildlife sanctuary development
- fieldwork and data report
- Indigenous Heritage Project
- Ranger Video (10 mins)
- Angas Downs Rangers visit South Africa
- International Wildlife Ranching Symposium.
The following AWS publications relate to Angas Downs IPA:
- Angas Downs brochure 2010 - PDF 954.08 kB - 2010-07-19
- Angas Downs IPA Plan of Management - PDF 31.41 MB - 2009-07-08
- Angas Downs Aerial Survey Report - PDF 1.21 MB - 2010-10-29
- Angas Downs Reptile Checklist - PDF 728.54 kB - 2012-04-19
- Angas Downs Birding Checklist - PDF 789.75 kB - 2012-04-19
- Angas Downs IPA Field Report 2010-11 - PDF 1.99 MB - 2011-08-03