Catching Kordbolbok: From Frog Survey to Closing the Gap in Arnhem Land

Author/editor: Ens, E, Vallance, G, Namundja, S, Garlngarr, V, Gurwalwal, B, Cooke, P, McKenzie, K
Year published: 2009
Issue no.: 59


This working paper introduces the first frog survey of the Arnhem Plateau, as far as we know, which was conducted by the Warddeken Indigenous Rangers and a western scientist employed by CAEPR. The survey methodology and outcomes are presented in conjunction with some comment on the socioeconomic benefits of such surveys in remote outstations of the Northern Territory. Thirteen native frog species known to western science were found, including one species that as far as we know is previously undescribed—as well as the exotic cane toad (Bufo marinus). This exercise highlighted the significant role already played by traditional owners in the management of Indigenous-owned Arnhem Land. A greater monitoring role—for example, through frog surveys—could be pursued given the right tools and training.

Keywords: Frogs, Indigenous land and sea management, Arnhem Plateau, Closing the Gap, Warddeken Land Management Limited


ISBN: 0 7315 4958 9

ISSN: 1442 3871

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