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Australian Feral Camel Management Project

Australian Feral Camel Management Project

This project concluded on 31 December 2013.

Read the project's Final Report (pdf 3.3MB) and Overview (pdf 2.4MB)



The Australian Feral Camel Management Project (AFCMP) addressed the urgent need to significantly reduce feral camel densities to lessen their impacts in remote Australia on biodiversity, wetlands, waterholes and sites of cultural value to Aboriginal people, infrastructure and personal safety.

This project was one of the largest and most diverse nationwide collaborations ever to target an established pest species in Australia.

It brought together twenty partners, including State and Territory governments (SA, WA, Qld, NT), Aboriginal organisations across the four jurisdictions, Natural Resource Management boards, conservation groups, the pastoral industry and commercial interests to protect identified refuges for biodiversity that were under threat from feral camels.

The project was guided by the extensive information collated in the reports of the Desert Knowledge CRC research project into feral camel impacts and management (DKCRC Report 47 available at http://nintione.com.au/publication/dkcrc-0398).

The project was set up to reduce the feral camel densities at priority biodiversity areas.

Since a four-year agreement between Ninti One and the Australian Government's Caring for Our Country program was signed in February 2010, the AFCMP made substantial progress based on an early realisation of the need for comprehensive collaboration processes due to the diverse range of land tenures (Aboriginal, conservation estate, pastoral and Crown) across which feral camels roam and the diverse stakeholder interests, including commercial use.