Mala browse the buffet

An in-depth study of the mala diet at Uluru has thrown up some interesting findings.

Although supplementary food is available within the Uluru enclosure, diet analysis has shown that mala are also grazing on 27 different types of native plants. Radio-tracking reveals that some mala don’t visit the supplementary feeders at all, but prefer a completely natural diet – with two grasses Aristida and Eragrostis particularly favoured.

Burns in the mala paddock, guided by traditional knowledge of the animal’s habitat, have promoted the growth of these grasses and other food plants. Burns just completed in May, combined with the good rains this year, should help keep the buffet table full for Uluru mala.

Kerrie, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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