Land Rights News Central Australia: Land Rights News (April 2010)

Published: April, 2010

Rare skink busy but still hiding

Docker River rangers combined with rangers from the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park for discovery of the burrows of the threatened skink.

The three-day survey in March in the Pitalu area and selected sites in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park uncovered promising signs for the future of the Tjakura.

Tjakura specialist, Steve McAlpin, was flown in from NSW to supervise the surveys, which followed up surveys initiated in 2007.

Six previously identified burrow-sites showed continued use and  14 new burrows were found.

The ranger groups recorded vital information on habitat, scat and traces and recorded the burrow locations by GPS.

This information will be used to address further management of the area to protect and preserve this threatened species.

The overall biodiversity of the area was also recorded, including the presence of more than 25 bird, 14 reptile and seven mammal species (including the mulgara and spinifex hopping mouse).

Docker ranger Dennis Hunt said the collaborative activity “ is great to get out on country and work with other Ranger mobs and talk about what we are doing and what we can do together.

“We got to look after animals like the Tjakura or they might end up being gone forever and that’s not right”

The Docker River Ranger group was supported by CLC ranger and threatened species staff and six Anangu rangers.

The UKTNP team was headed by Josh Quamby (Workplace Development Officer) with four rangers from the Mutijtulu community.