Dirt track detectives

We need to know which animals are on our reserves so we can look after them. But some are very hard to find!

Some animals only come out at night and others like to hide.

One of the ways we can see which animals are around is looking for footprints.

Have you ever noticed how clear your footprints can be at the beach? Sand is great for capturing footprints. So on reserves where we have sandy tracks, we set up several sites to be swept clear and then monitored for new footprints.

Jessica Stingemore manages our Charles Darwin Reserve in WA, and has a big job ahead of her sweeping all the sandpad monitoring sites. But the fun part is trying to figure out which animals made which footprints.

Would you like to have a go at playing detective?