Uluru’s rare creatures are being surveyed under the expert eye of the natural and cultural resources team. Preliminary data indicates a decrease in the endangered tjakura (great desert skink) – which is likely to be the side effect of wildfire that swept through much of their habitat in 2012. Numbers of the rare arutju (fat-tailed antechinus) also appear to have declined since 2009, possibly due to an increase in feral predators (particularly cats), and a lack of rainfall in the six months before.
The wayuta (central brush-tailed possum) is thought to be extinct within the park but scratches and scats, and a sighting of a possum in Ormiston Gorge, indicate the species may be eking out an existence in remote parts of Kata Tjuta. A survey has been initiated and we hope this will let us know if the possum is in the park.
Kerrie, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park