Crocodile Research

The largest and most successful croc research project in the world!

Australia Zoo, in partnership with the University of Queensland (UQ) and Wildlife Warriors, are making monumental strides in the field of crocodilian research and conservation. Steve Irwin began formal crocodile research in 1996 and today, his capture techniques remain the most advanced in the world.

Australia Zoo has been conducting research with saltwater crocodiles on the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve since 2008, studying these magnificent reptiles using acoustic telemetry and GPS trackers to boost research efficiency and accuracy in the field.

This world-renowned research project focuses on capturing and tagging estuarine or saltwater crocodiles in the Wenlock River running through the newly protected Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve in Far North Queensland. This vital research has provided insights into the travel range of a single crocodile, their ability to return to their habitat after relocation, revolutionary findings on their ability to remain submerged and their behaviour during flood events.

To date a total of 150 estuarine crocodiles in the Wenlock River are being tracked, each providing critical data and contributing to the knowledge base of these incredible apex predators. We aim to increase this number with each annual trip to the reserve, helping to give even further insight to the science around these notoriously shy modern-day dinosaurs!

Each research trip to the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve continues to break new ground in crocodile research globally which is critical to managing the co-existence of crocodiles and people.

For more information on the annual croc research trip click here.