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Research and Conservation

A collage of images of the Alice Springs Desert Park

The Desert Park is committed to the conservation of Northern Territory biodiversity as well as both State and Federal Recovery Plans.

Recovery Plans are multi-disciplinary, multi-faceted and invariably aimed at recovering bio-diversity, whether by ameliorating direct threats to a species, or recovering habitat.

The Alice Springs Desert Park is represented on a number of faunal Recovery teams including:

and a number of other arid zone species.

The Alice Springs Desert Park’s role in the NRETAS (Natural Resourses Environment, the Arts and Sport) programs includes assisting with research, genetic management, field work, quarantine, holding and breeding components as well as providing other animal management expertise and advice on capture and handling techniques.

The Zo and Aquarium Association (ZAA) and World Association of Zoos and Aquaria continue to provide support to the efforts of zoos and aquariums in conservation, education and research.

The Alice Springs Desert Park is represented on two important botanic gardens groups: Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand (BGANZ), and Council of Heads of Australian Botanic Gardens (CHABG). The Council of Heads of Australian Botanic Gardens released its strategy for adapting to climate change in November 2008.  To view, click here (pdf 2.2Mb).

Botanic Gardens Conservation International also provides support to Botanic Gardens in conservation, education and research.

The Desert Park collaborates with many other partners including Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre.

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