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Blue-tailed skink

Soft release of blue-tailed skinks a success

In August 2018, Christmas Island National Park embarked on an ambitious project to save the blue-tailed skink, an endemic species now believed extinct in the wild. The project saw a group of skinks released into a rehabilitated, forested site within the park. Blue-tailed skink The soft-release site was extensively modified from its original condition. We removed all original rocks and fallen trees from the area before spraying it to eliminate centipedes (some 160 centipedes were removed from the site).

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Women in science – making a difference

Today is February 11, the United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science. To celebrate we’re catching up with Dr Tanya Detto, a scientist who works at one of Australia’s wildlife wonders, Christmas Island National Park. Tanya came to Christmas Island for a three-month contract eight and half years ago. She has been working to try and stop the decline of red crabs, which are found only on Christmas Island and are famous for their spectacular migration.

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11 things you never knew about Christmas Island

A tiny speck of land 1500 km off the coast of Western Australia, Christmas Island is one of Australia’s most astonishing natural wonders. The island is celebrating 60 years as part of Australia in October 2018 (it was administered by British Singapore before 1958). To mark our diamond anniversary, here are 11 things you probably didn’t know about this Indian Ocean gem. It’s got loads of crabs… Blue crab.

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7 viral views of Uluru

Known for its rich array of colours, Uluru is one of the most photogenic places on earth. But these pics went above and beyond - creating feels across the world! Lightning at Uluru. During mai wiyaringkupai/kuli (around December), the park is at its hottest – there are storm clouds and lightning, but little rain. Credit Damien Hill 2012's solar eclipse is out of this world, hanging directly over Uluru | Photo by Steven Pearce Photography This cloud looking like steam coming off the rock - someone said it looked like a cake that just came out of the oven Mist caps the top of Uluru and rivers of rain run down the face.

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9 treats to tick off your bush food bucket list

Check these beauties off your food bucket list at Taste of Kakadu, and learn more about the foods that have sustained Indigenous people for thousands of generations. Green ants A limey, zingy treat that’s not be missed – look out for these little flavour-bombs in some surprising places like cheesecake and gin. Taste them at Green ant gin tasting Cocktails at the Croc Green ant ice-cream | Image by Kakadu Kitchen

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Dine with a chef who likes to get messy

Indigenous chef Clayton Donovan like to mess things up – whether it’s entertaining diners with his genuinely warm and fun-loving spirit, or using his French chef’s training to create unique dining sensations. “My goal is to place my culture on top of things,” he says. “My culture and my cooking is unique – it’s not traditional. It’s my own style, my personal take on what I think I should be doing.

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5 bush foods to use at home

Bust out some new flavours in the kitchen without getting into a sweat. Crocodile Give a comforting pasta dish a lively shake-up - whip up a simple and delicious crocodile fettucine like this one by Zach Green. Photo by @zachskitchen via IG You can get crocodile from online store Something Wild, or search for specialty meat providers on Google and see what’s near you. Find out how Zach makes it here

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Meet the team behind Kakadu Kitchen

“We want to reconnect with our traditional diets and foods - replacing processed foods with locally- foraged bush foods and foods from our tropical food garden” Kakadu Kitchen launched at last year’s Taste of Kakadu festival, impressing guests with their modern bush food creations. At this year’s festival the pair will take guests on an exclusive four hour ‘Walk, Taste, Learn’ bush tucker tour at Murdudjurl Community (Patonga Homestead).

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Why chef Zach is hungry to share

“Cooking allows me to share kinship and culture” Taste of Kakadu chef Zach Green only discovered he was Aboriginal when he was 12. “My grandmother wasn’t allowed to talk about it – my grandfather would hit her if she talked about being Aboriginal so she had to hide it. It wasn’t until some years after he died that I found out.” “It was a real turning point in my life discovering I was not, as I has had always thought, a white Australian, but a first nation’s person.

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Keep cool in extreme temperatures

With temperatures set to soar heat exhaustion and dehydration are very real dangers. These simple steps will help to keep you and your family safe while out walking in our parks and gardens. What to wear Wear a wide-brimmed hat, good quality sunglasses, strong shoes and sunscreen Eating and drinking Carry and drink at least one litre of water per person per hour We don’t recommend you drink sports drinks, diet cordials or caffeinated drinks as they can contribute to dehydration Eat regular meals, take frequent breaks and eat healthy snacks Consider taking an electrolyte product with you such as Hydralyte / Gastrolyte to replace lost fluids https://www.

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