On the Expedition
Experience the diversity of Western Australia's Kimberley region while collecting valuable data on two long-lived freshwater turtle species.
Assist researchers working to define the population structure, population density, breeding structure and feeding behavior of two freshwater turtle species. You will be responsible for the collection, marking, and data processing of turtles at a variety of sites. Turtles are collected primarily by snorkeling or with traps.
This expedition will let you help determine the conservation needs of the freshwater turtles of the Kimberley Plateau and provide insights into the overall freshwater biodiversity of the region.
Meals and Accommodations
Join one of our "camping-style" research teams to discover the secrets of the Kimberley. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the region while learning more about some of Australia's least understood amphibians, freshwater turtles.
You'll enjoy cool evenings around a campfire, scenic billabongs, the sounds of quolls and potoroos rustling in camp after dark, the raucous morning echoes of corellas and cockatoos on the river, amazing aboriginal rock art, stunning sunsets, and the somber, ancient boab trees.
About the Research Area
The town of Kununurra is the regional centre of the Eastern Kimberley region and the town of Broome is a regional centre of the Western Kimberley. Each has its own unique outback flavor, although the coastal influence is quite evident in Broome. The Kimberley is a rugged landscape, full of independent people and rewarding a sense of adventure, luring many visitors back year after year.
Those who've been here always recall the stark contrast of deep blue sky against red- whether the red bluffs and canyons of the distant ranges, the red bull-dust arising from 4WD traffic along the corrugated Gibb River Road, or the glowing sunsets.
As you travel between study sites, you'll take time to visit galleries of aboriginal rock art that feature the striking art of Wandjina and Bradshaw figures.