Report on the joint eriss/PAN cane toad risk assessment field trip to the Katherine/Mataranka and Borroloola regions


Internal Report 389
Begg G, Walden D & Rovis-Hermann J
Supervising Scientist Division
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts

About the report

In May 2000, while cane toads were known to be rapidly approaching the borders of the Kakadu National Park (KNP), a joint Environmental Research Institute of the Supervising Scientist (eriss)/Parks Australia North (PAN) field trip was undertaken to obtain information about:

  • how the presence of cane toads has affected the lives of Aboriginal communities;
  • visitor perceptions about cane toads;
  • the impact of cane toads in nature reserves such as the Elsey National Park; and
  • the diet of cane toads (by obtaining a sample of cane toads from the Mataranka region).

The group consisted of Jacqui Rovis-Hermann, Dave Walden and George Begg (from eriss) and Kathy Wilson, Beryl Smith and Ryan Barrawei (both Jawoyn Traditional Owners (TOs) for southern Kakadu) from PAN.