Natural Resources SA Arid Lands

Kowari on the Birdsville track

In 2013, more than 60 Kowaris were captured through monitoring surveys across their known range along the Birdsville Track where they continue to hang on in one of the toughest environments imaginable.

 

These results contrast with very low kowari capture rates in 2011 surveys when native long-hired rats were in the middle of a major plague because of exceptional rainfall and flooding. The carnivorous kowaris which are not much bigger than a rat, probably benefited from the long-haired rat plague, eating and breeding well in late 2012. The monitoring program was managed by SA Arid Lands NRM Board.