I’m on my way home from Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara or ‘APY’ Lands in northern South Australia after spending a week working with Dr John Read counting warru cuna (scats). John’s ongoing research is the fine thread securing isolated populations of this threatened South Australian species.
Dr John Read records scats with Delek.
The Musgrave Range appears as a series of rock outcrops studded into an enormous plain, the sense of timelessness is overwhelming. We were climbing the ancient bones of an even more ancient mountain range.
I was glad I wasn’t there by myself. Climb one peak and there’s another the same behind and another in the distance. Get lost here and whiteboy is cactus.
But to the people who live here it’s their backyard. Climb into the Toyota they’ll take you around any of the Musgrave features. Our last scat count took us to the West Australian border and spitting distance to the Northern Territory.
Try gowing your veges in this….
Prime Warru habitat
Warru live in rock crevices away from plains predators such as cats. Try climbing this on a cool 36 degree day! Understanding and documenting Petrogale lateralis is not for the faint hearted.
Me with daypack & enthusiasm, but not much breath
John and Matthew exchanging notes…I’ve no idea what about
Jacob takes a picture with West Australia as a background.
Thanks to the people of APY who kindly allowed me to see their country first hand, also to John Read my host. Helen, Jacob and Matthew at Kalka I will definitely not forget, and a special thanks.