Case study

Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Management Warru Recovery Project

Warru Rangers

Warru Rangers assembled outside the Donald’s Well Pintji (predator-proof enclosure), Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands. Photo M. Ward

Warru once lived all over the rocky hills of central and western Australia, however due to predation and changes in fire regimes, their numbers have dramatically declined. One small colony is located in the east of the APY Lands in the Musgrave Ranges near Pukatja community and another colony is located in the west in the Tomkinson Ranges near Pipalyatjara and Kalka communities.

Since the first biological survey of warru on the APY Lands in 1985, Anangu have shared their knowledge of this species with scientists. Ongoing biological surveys on the APY Lands involving Anangu revealed a rapid decline in warru populations and since 1999, Anangu rangers employed by APY Land Management have worked alongside scientists to reverse the tragic fate of warru on the APY Lands. At present APY Land Management has 2 project officers, 12 permanent and several casual rangers employed under the Warru Recovery Project.

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