NAIDOC WEEK 7-14 JULY 2019

Warru Recovery Team

2011
Caring for Country

The Warru Recovery Team works towards the conservation of the black-footed rock wallaby, or warru – one of South Australia’s most endangered species.The team has built a 100 hectare enclosure to reintroduce captive warru to the wild and has successfully reintroduced five individuals bred in captivity. Regular monitoring shows that warru numbers have stabilised, while more recent data indicate some colonies are recovering.

The Warru Recovery Project also fosters positive social change in community. The team has at least two senior Anangu members for each relevant community who speak and make decisions for the project. In addition, many of the permanent and causal rangers employed in the project gain TAFE land management certificates and drivers licences.

A unique part of the project has been the development of a contemporary dreaming story told through the song and dance of warru mothers, who are sad their babies have left the APY lands.