Kakadu National Park By Anjita Sharma
Where is Kakadu National Park located? Kakadu National Park is located in the Northern Territory approximately 150km south east of Darwin. The name ‘Kakadu’ is actually a misinterpretation by the Europeans. The original world is ‘Gagudju’. - Kakadu National Park is one of the only 3 sites under the UNESCO list and it is also a World Heritage Site. - In Kakadu National Park, there are about 10,000 different types of species that include 280 bird species, 117 reptile species, 53 species of freshwater fish, 60 species of mammals and 1700 different plants. - Kakadu is known to be a very precious and unique place in Australia that amuses tourists and residents with it’s variety of species and plants.
Flora There is approximately 2000 different plant species recorded to be found in Kakadu National Park. It is known to have the richest amounts of flora in Northern Australia. Different types of Flora are found in different regions. In Tidal Flats and Estuaries, mangroves are commonly found. They are known to serve as food for fishes such as barramundi. Floodplains are known to be home to plants such as grass, waterlilies and sedges.
Fauna • 25 species of frog live in the park • More than 55 types of freshwater fish • can be found in the park • Approximately 1 third of all Australian • birds are found at the park. • Waterways are home to • water pythons that feed • on birds and their eggs. • Northern Quolls are one • of the mammals that • hide in the park because • of their shy manner.
Introduced Species • - Introduced species are species that have • either accidentally or deliberately been taken • out of it’s original habitat and placed into • a new environment. • TYPES OF INTRODUCED SPECIES: • Cane Toads • Pigeons • Horses • Rabbit • Damages caused by Introduced Species: • In Kakadu National Park, Buffalos and Pigs are • the most dangerous and damaging introduced • species. They cause damage by trampling, • wallowing and digging.
How does the government help? Introduced species have a major impact on Australia’s environment and it’s unique biodiversity. The Government has several threat abatement projects that go ahead every year which includes field testing. Solutions • Stopping the entry of new specieswould be the best possible option • to prevent damages caused by new and introduced species.