Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve
Home of the annual crocodile research trip and other vital research projects.
The Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve (SIWR) is more than twice the size of Singapore, at an enormous 333,000 acres. It's in Far North Queensland and is a paradise of untouched Australian wilderness, teeming with flora and fauna. After years of campaigning, 2013 saw the Queensland Government legally protect the SIWR from bauxite mining.
The reserve hosts the annual crocodile research trip with Australia Zoo's expert croc team, tracking saltwater crocodiles in the Wenlock River. The reserve is also being explored to uncover the hidden secrets contained within the unique flora that grows exclusively in this remote location. The aim of the exploration is to uncover new possibilities for the development of pharmaceuticals that could help contribute to finding a cure for cancer as well as many infectious and neurological diseases.
A wealth of wildlife species have been discovered within the 35 ecosystems that occur across the reserve. Many are of major conservation significance, like the endangered red goshawk and palm cockatoo.
Other Conservation Properties
117,174 acres of one of the rarest habitat types in Australia located near St George in Western Queensland. This arid region is home to an array of unique wildlife including the endangered woma python and yakka skink. The Brigalow Belt is also the westernmost habitat for koalas.
1,630 acres of prime eucalypt bushland in Blackbutt on the Great Dividing Range, this land has undergone extensive reforestation and focuses on habitat preservation and care of marsupials with particular emphasis on koalas.