The joys of being a junior ranger

Ranger Gary shows the students how to measure a croc

We’ve celebrated the Year 6 Kakadu Junior Ranger program with certificate presentations at Gunbalanya and Pine Creek school assemblies.

The highlight this term was helping the rangers record and release a cheeky ginga (estuarine crocodile) that was taking too much interest in people fishing.

For me, the most powerful moment was watching the children learning about the preservation of Kakadu’s rock art. I realised I was witnessing these wonderful kids looking after paintings made by their direct ancestors, representing a continuous and ongoing tradition of about 60,000 years. I cannot think of any other culture on earth that has been so successful.

A junior ranger learns how to scrape away wasp nests from art sites

The attentive students listen to ranger Marcus in the main gallery

The Kakadu Junior Ranger program introduces 11 and 12 year olds from nearby schools in Jabiru, Pine Creek and Gunbalanya to park management - including their roles as traditional owners and partners in Kakadu’s future.

Miriam, Seasonal ranger, Kakadu National Park

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So long, Kakadu!

Junior ranger report - Making a spear