Have a go at this! Join Steve Irwin’s personally-trained team on the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve, a pristine 335,000 acre conservation property on Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula, and observe their incredible work as they research the animals that call the reserve home.
You will be involved with Australia Zoo’s croc research, a vital component in crocodilian research and conservation – working to protect people and crocodilian species around the world. Steve Irwin began crocodile research in the 1980s, and his capture and study techniques remain the world’s best to this day. We’ll also be surveying the reserve to see what bat species are living on the property, so far we’ve recorded some incredibly rare species, but experts are certain there are more to be found!
This expedition gives you the amazing opportunity to join Steve’s crew on the largest and most successful croc research project in the world. Watch as our team of experts conduct this world-renowned crocodile research and unlock secrets regarding diet, movement patterns and much more to aid in the conservation of these incredible apex predators.
You will be picked up from Weipa Airport and transferred to the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve by crossing the Wenlock River that borders the reserve. Upon arrival, you will be given a camp induction and have time to set up camp, we like to refer to Camp Coolibah as 5 Billion Star accommodation... Just look up on your first night and you’ll see why!
Day 2 - 5
Each morning, a team will travel by boat down the Wenlock River to check the traps... Fingers crossed there will be plenty of croc action! You will be able to help the scientists, measure the animal, complete records and of course, get up close to the worlds largest living reptile!
The Australia Zoo Rangers will take you on an adventure-packed trip to The Fossils, an area on the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve that is littered with prehistoric marine fossils and a couple of incredibly picturesque spots along the way.
Day 7 - 9
You will be assisting the Australia Zoo Croc Research Team with dismantling croc traps, the traps that the team use were pioneered by Steve Irwin and are the most humane crocodilian capture technique, avoiding the use of dangerous drugs or harpoons. Afternoons will be spent relaxing or visiting a number of the reserves beautiful sites before assisting with ground-breaking research on Australian wildlife or listening to a lecture hosted by one of our scientists.
- Water bottles x 2
- Sleeping bag / Bedding
- Toiletries and medications
- Torch / Headlamp
- Enclosed shoes
- Camera / Batteries
The cost of the expedition includes camping equipment, food, transport from the airport and around the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve and Australia Zoo staff to ensure you get the best experience possible. Any remaining funds will help with wildlife research on the reserve.