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.