Out on Ethabuka Reserve, a sprawling 215,000 hectare sanctuary in the north of the Simpson Desert, snow is a little hard to come by.
So reserve manager Helene Aubault has built a red sandman, complete with gum nut eyes and a carrot nose, shrivelled from the heat.
Though desert country Ethabuka is home to a wetland system of national significance, brimming with shrimps, fish and waterbirds following good rains. It also has the richest list of reptile species in Australia, including our largest goanna – the Perentie.
This bushgift supports Bush Heritage’s work helping to preserve the myriad animal species that reside on our reserves across Australia. From everyone here at Bush Heritage, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.