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Spotlight on Central Australian animals

 Short course will teach people about bilbies, dingoes and other creatures. Image courtesy Alice Springs Desert Park Short course will teach people about bilbies, dingoes and other creatures. Image courtesy Alice Springs Desert Park

Charles Darwin University has shone a spotlight on the animal kingdom in Central Australia with short courses in Alice Springs and Yulara to help people learn about local fauna.

Conservation and Land Management Lecturer Samantha Hussey said the three-day course helped boost people’s knowledge about some of the thousands of unique and spectacular animal species that live in the Red Centre.

“Students learnt how to identify some of the more common species of bird, mammal, reptile and insect, and how to read the tracks and traces they leave,” Ms Hussey said.

“We talked about how to observe and record creatures, how to collect and catch them, and discussed some of the ecological issues relating to them.

“It was a practical course that focussed on enhancing student knowledge and enthusiasm for animals.”

The students visited the Reptile Centre and the Desert Park, where they learnt about bilbies, dingoes and other creatures.