Australian Wildlife Conservancy

Wongalara Sanctuary

AREA
192,200 ha (427,000 acres)
BIOREGION
Gulf Fall and Uplands
WILDLIFE
  • Birds : over 200
  • Mammals : over 40
THREATENED WILDLIFE
Development of biological inventory underway, but likely to include:
  • Northern Quoll
  • Gouldian Finch
  • Red Goshawk
  • Crested Shrike-tit
  • Masked Owl
PLANTS
A comprehensive species list of plants is not yet available. Surveys are underway.
THREATENED PLANTS
2 species of nationally listed vulnerable plants are known to occur , however detailed surveys are very likely to reveal the presence of other threatened plants.
ECOSYSTEMS
6 very broad vegetation types are mapped, but many ecosystems have not been identified at the scale used. Surveys presently underway will detail a great many more ecosystems.
THREATENED ECOSYSTEMS
4
ECOSYSTEMS NOT PROTECTED IN NATIONAL PARKS
4 broad vegetation types not protected in national parks.
ECOSYSTEMS INADEQUATELY PROTECTED IN NATIONAL PARKS
(< 5% OF AREA PROTECTED)
MAJOR ON-GROUND PROGRAMS
  • Biological surveys
  • Fire management
  • Feral animal control (buffalo, donkeys, wild pigs, feral cats)
  • Weed control
  • Infrastructure maintenance (road and fence maintenance)

Covering 190,000 hectares, Wongalara protects eucalypt woodlands, heathlands, lancewood scrubs, gallery forests, open grasslands, monsoon rainforests, wetlands, melaleuca woodlands and 55 kilometres of permanent river communities. Included among these ecosystems are 3 broad vegetation types that are not protected on any other reserve. Embedded within a landscape that has retained its structural integrity, Wongalara provides an opportunity to halt regional species declines caused by introduced pests and unmanaged fire, and to act as a catalyst for cooperative ecosystem stewardship on the lands that surround it.

Wongalara supports populations of Gouldian finch (Erythrura gouldiae) and provides habitat for the northern quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus endangered EPBC), as well as the red goshawk (Erythrotriorchis radiates), partridge pigeon (Geophaps smithii smithii), Masked Owl (Tyto novaehollandiae kimberli), and crested shrike-tit (Falcunculus frontatus whitei), all of which are listed as vulnerable under the EPBC Act.