Dragon vs cat

Published 15 Sep 2016 
about  Boolcoomatta Reserve  
Karen Asha and Clay with Dragon<br/> Karen Asha and Clay with Dragon
Dragon with tick<br/> Dragon with tick
Thanks, much better!<br/> Thanks, much better!
Tick removed<br/> Tick removed
Dragon, a magnificent creature<br/> Dragon, a magnificent creature
Cat gut sample, with wrens and dragons<br/> Cat gut sample, with wrens and dragons
Zavier the future herpitologist <br/> Zavier the future herpitologist

The Central Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps) is one of our favourite species here at Boolcoomatta.

As you can see by the images, we are very fond of this ancient species, catch them to remove ticks, and hug and kiss them if the chance presents itself.

With increased efforts on feral cat control, we're recovering all stomach samples. In one cat alone we found two dragons, along with an entire family of wrens. These samples will be sent off for scientific analysis.

I do respect cats, but, also accept they're not a natural part of this land.

They're a major contributor to species extinction and are decimating millions of native animals every day.

Between now and the end of this year, we'll be installing 60 motion sensor cameras throughout the five land systems here at Boolcoomatta. The primary objective is to find out how many cats we have within the boundaries of the 64,000 hectare reserve and in which land systems they reside.

From this data, we'll be better equipped to target our ongoing cat control, using telemetry soft-jaw cat traps, cage traps, and spotlighting.

With your support we're able to provide safe havens from these lethal predators – thank you.

Dragon with tick<br/> Dragon with tick
Thanks, much better!<br/> Thanks, much better!
Tick removed<br/> Tick removed
Dragon, a magnificent creature<br/> Dragon, a magnificent creature
Cat gut sample, with wrens and dragons<br/> Cat gut sample, with wrens and dragons
Zavier the future herpitologist <br/> Zavier the future herpitologist