Project Kimberley is a consortium of scientists, landholders, community groups, and government agencies who are working to understand and mitigate the impact of cane toads across the Kimberley.
We are currently undertaking long-term monitoring of native fauna to produce baseline information that will be used to assess which Kimberley species are most affected by the toads.
We are also developing research programs that document the ecology and genetics of the most affected species. That data will be important for recovery plans as the Kimberley adjusts to the presence of the toad.
This website has all of the information about Project Kimberley, our research projects, and our findings. It also shares our observations of the amazing wildlife that lives here, our experiences in this unique landscape, and the many people who are working with us. And if you are keen to get involved, there are lots of opportunities to join in.
The Kimberley in December: although we've been working in the Kimberley since 2009, we've been restricted to the Early Dry season (mainly due to the logistics of working at El Questro, which is closed from October until April). So it was with great excitement that Sean Doody, Simon Clulow, Colin McHenry, and Sally Taylor headed up to Kimberley in December.
The rains hadn't really started yet, so it wasn't quite the full 'Wet Season' experience we were hoping for. But it was definitely hot! We were mainly focused on retrieving data recorders at El Questro and Fitzroy Crossing, and finding a good study site for Sally's honours project.
Highlights included introducing Sally to her study animals, finding some old green and yellow friends, and seeing who has been visiting our cameras since June.
Milking goannas for genetic rescue
Last week, the Project Kimberley team made an important advance towards the long term survival of goannas in the Kimberley. 21st Century biotechnology can be an important weapon in the armoury against Toadaggedon, so we need to start building the Kimberley Ark. But what has collecting sperm from a goanna at Dubbo Zoo got to do with cane toads in the Kimberley?
The Lazarus Project
Project Kimberley's very own Simon Clulow is part of the Lazarus Project team that resurrected the Southern Gastric Brooding Frog. That work was just selected by Time Magazine as one of the Top 25 Inventions of 2013.
The boiga (Boiga irregularis), or 'night tiger', is a spectacular colour morph of the brown tree snake that is common through the Wet Tropics. They are not dangerous to adult humans. Read more
One of the smaller herons, the pied heron (Ardea picata) can be seen in the many wetlands of the Kimberley. Read more
Magnificent Tree Frog
The Magnificent Tree Frog (Litoria splendida) is the largest Australian frog is is only found in the Kimberley. It can be seen at night foraging along the rock walls of sandstone gorges in the Wet and Early Dry seasons. Read more
Green tree frog
The Green tree frog (Litoria caerulea) is another large frog species, and a common visitor to campsites across the Kimberley. Spotlightining around shower blocks will usually turn up one of these friendly amphibians. Read more
AKA Homo sapiens. They work hard but they love where they work! Read more
Black-palmed rock goanna
The Black-palmed rock goanna (Varanus glebopalma) is named after the characteristic black spots on the pads of the feet, 'glebos' are a large, slender, and very agile goanna. Read more