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Research and Discovery



Scientists from around the world participate in a number of different research programs studying the biodiversity on the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve.

The outcomes from these research projects include the continuing conservation of our native wildlife and their unique habitats.

Research programs include:

  • Biodiversity surveys
  • Hydrology of the bauxite plateau
  • Fire ecology
  • Palaeontology
  • Archaeology/Anthropology

Species focused studies:

  • Estuarine Crocodiles
  • Freshwater elasmobranchs (cartilaginous fish)
  • Palm Cockatoos
  • Microbats
  • Spiders
  • File snakes
  • Terrestrial snails
  • Carnivorous plants
  • Antilopine wallaroos
  • Medicinal plant species
  • Northern quoll

There are currently over 120 crocodiles being tracked throughout the Wenlock River. Terri, Bindi and Robert continue the work that Steve started with an annual crocodile research trip.

"The conservation and research programs plus related infrastructure on SIWR are principally funded by Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin and Australia Zoo. All research findings are published and add substantially to the world wide scientific knowledge base. By joining our research and education expeditions you not only get an exceptional learning experience and adventure, but the fees you have paid contribute to research, the cost of running the Reserve and ensuring the future of this magnificent place."