Understanding and protecting the great desert skink

Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park

Support ongoing tracking and monitoring activities to protect the great desert skink (tjakuṟa) in Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park.

Environmentally important and culturally significant to Aṉangu as a former resource and as part of Tjukurpa law, the vulnerable tjakuṟa is under threat from feral animals. The invaders come in many shapes and sizes – from rabbits and cats to foxes and camels. They compete with the tjakuṟa for precious water, food and shelter, and the foxes and feral cats attack and kill the skinks particularly after fires when groundcover is scarce.

Rangers, Traditional Owners and scientists track and monitor the activities of these nocturnal lizards to gain better understanding of the threats and ways to protect the tjakuṟa.

Your generosity supports this critical work to protect these endangered reptiles.

Learn more

You can learn more about this project and follow its progress via our news stories:

  • Molecules in the Sand: eDNA and the Biology of Tjakura, the Great Desert Skink (Liopholis kintorei) – (21 September 2021)
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