Understanding and protecting the Great desert skink

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru lizard tjakura

Support ongoing tracking and monitoring activities to protect the Great desert skink (Tjakura) in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Environmentally important and culturally significant to Aṉangu as a former resource and as part of Tjukuṟpa law, the endangered Tjakura 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 Tjakura 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 Tjakura.

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