Black and white answers: Aboriginal knowledge and Western science combine to help NT's native mammals

Ziembicki, Mark (2007) Black and white answers: Aboriginal knowledge and Western science combine to help NT's native mammals. Australian Geographic, 87. pp. 43-44.

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Abstract

[Extract] I'm at an outstation on the edge of the Arnhem Land plateau drinking what must be my 13th cup of tea for the day. Several local Aboriginal women and about 30 camp dogs are watching as I show them the selection of stuffed mammals I've brought from Darwin, where I work as a research associate for the Australian National University (ANU). We're up to tree-rats - a group of large, tree-dwelling rodents endemic to northern Australia. From the back of my Toyota I bring out a kordberr, or goldenbacked tree-rat - a species whose numbers have declined dramatically over the past century, and which hasn't been recorded in the NT since 1969.

Item ID: 21652
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
Keywords: mammal status; northern Australia; savanna; CWR
ISSN: 0816-1658
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2012 06:45
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Knowledge @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960805 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales @ 40%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950305 Conserving Natural Heritage @ 40%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950302 Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage @ 20%
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