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Savanna Refuge

Australia's savannas are a refuge for biodiversity of world significance. They are home to hundreds of species of native plants, mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians and tens of thousands of different species of invertebrates.

PhD projects

Many PhD students supported by the Tropical Savannas CRC are undertaking important work to help build an understanding of savanna biodiversity. Click here to read summaries of current projects.


Biodiversity and conservation in the savannas

  • Savanna Biodiversity
    This project began in 2004–05, partly evolving from the two projects below, and Biodiversity on grazing lands. The project aims to make existing information more accessible, to facilitate projects aimed at improving application of biodiversity information, and develop new products and projects to fill identified needs not currently being met. A new website from the TS–CRC will soon be available featuring this information.
  • Mammal Status in Northern Australia
    Previous research by the Tropical Savannas CRC showed that some mammal populations appeared to be declining across northern Australia. This project is now assessing the status of mammals across the savannas.
  • Biodiversity Monitoring
    This project seeks to find better ways to involve savanna industries like pastoral enterprises in the business of monitoring biodiversity. It is testing ways of monitoring biodiversity using such as perennial grass cover, Landscape Function Analysis scores, and landscape reflectance.
    Click on the project descriptions at left

Savanna Explorer 

To read more about general land management issues in northern Australia—as well as the ecology, flora, fauna and communities—go to our website, Savanna Explorer. Go to:

Land Manager

For more specific information to help with land management in the north, you can explore the North Australian Land Manager website, which has a "clearing house" of practical information for people involved in managing natural resources in northern Australia. Go to:

North Australian Fire Information

This site, developed by the CRC, is used by land managers to monitor bushfires across northern Australia and is now a key land management tool. Go to:


This website for schools presents the knowledge and people involved in sustainable natural and cultural resource management across north Australia in an accessible way. The site was developed with schools and the NT Education Department and features interactive modules that bring the savannas and their management to life. Go to:

Savanna Links

The CRC's newsletter, Savanna Links, provided news and information on a broad range of land management issues, research and events across the tropical savannas. In print from1996-2009, there is a substantial archive on issues of concern to the north. Go to Savanna Links>>