Title: Increasing Community Capacity to Reduce the Impacts of Cane Toads in the Kimberley
Overview: Researchers, Western Australian state government officers, Indigenous rangers and community are working in collaboration to educate the community about the threat of cane toads and their spread across the Kimberley.
In Windjana Gorge National Park, DPaW and Bunuba Rangers are surveying freshwater crocodiles in the Lennard River to better understand their population structure and ecology prior to cane toad arrival and identify possible management actions in particular areas. East of Fitzroy Crossing, the Gooniyandi Rangers are assessing threatened assets and monitoring key species. Researchers from the University of Sydney are working with DPaW, Oombulgurri Rangers and Balanggarra Rangers on a number of projects including testing strategies for cane toad suppression such as teaching goannas not to eat cane toads.
Outcomes: A cane toad management handbook has been created to assist Rangers and field staff to manage the threat of cane toads as they advance through the Kimberley. It includes clear information about cane toad identification, handling, managing and monitoring.
Investment: Funded through the Australian Government’s Innovation Grant.
Grey Mackay, Program Manager (Kimberley)
Cane Toad Management Handbook (Ranger Guide) (May 2016)
“The Cane Toad Management Handbook will be a blueprint to help minimise cane toad numbers. It is initiatives like this, that will hopefully stop the southern part of WA ever coming face to face with a cane toad.” Member for Durack, Melissa Price
Articles about the cane toad in the Rangelands NRM eNews