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CONSERVATION AT ARKABA

Arkaba is a Private Wildlife Conservancy. In addition to providing exceptional Australian travel experiences, our conservation efforts are at the heart of what we do. 
 
Since 2009 when Wild Bush Luxury took over Arkaba, our focus has been on eradicating feral species and reversing the impacts of over 150 years of livestock grazing in order to restore the land to its pre-European  settlement bio-diversity.  
 
This is no mean feat. With 60,000 acres of terrain, the challenge is a work in progress, and one that guests can actively participate in should they desire. 
 
We have implemented a myriad of successful conservation programs, including some funded under the Native Vegetation Council's 'Significant Environment Benefits Grant (SEB)' program, that cover:
 
- Feral animal control through a baiting, trapping and nocturnal shooting
- Restoration of native habitat and vegetation
 
We are already seeing the fruits of our labour with the return of native species and the regeneration of native habitat. In addition, in 2016 Arkaba was proudly announced as one of the three finalists in the Conserving the Natural World category of the esteemed National Geographic World Legacy Awards which recognises outstanding support for the preservation of nature, restoring natural habitat and protecting rare and endangered species, whether on land or in the oceans.

We are proud supporters of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC), an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation of Australia's threatened wildlife and ecosystems. Find out more about the AWC

WHAT ARE THE ISSUES?

Australia is one of the most biologically diverse countries on earth, with over 80% of flora and fauna species being endemic to this unique environment. However, since European settlement 200 years ago, the destruction and fragmentation of natural habitats through the clearance of vegetation for agriculture, as well as the impact of feral animals and invasive weeds has significantly impacted Australia's biodiversity. 
 
Since settlement it is estimated that up to 23 of the 50 mammals thought to have inhabited the area prior to European arrival have become locally extinct in the Flinders Ranges.

Why?
 
- European exotic animals (such as rabbits and goats) create grazing pressure on the land by competing for food with other native herbivores.
- It is estimated that a single feral cat kills about 4 - 20 native animals each night. With approximately 4 million feral cats in Australia this amounts to up to 75 million a night or 4 billion native animals a year!
 - Grazing sheep (that have since been removed) damaged the vegetation and food source of native animals as well as contributing to erosion of the landscape.
 
Click here to read about the achievements of our conservation efforts.


 

"A delightful experience into ecotourism and conservation. A truly inspiring example. We enjoyed so much you great team who were outstanding."