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Report claims fire improves animals' survival skills

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 13 Nov 2002

A conservation biologist says a fauna survey of Uluru Kata Juta National
Park in the Northern Territory is revealing the impact of fire on various
animal species.

Steve McAlpin says the last survey of the park was conducted in October
2000 but it is the first time one has been done straight after large fires
have burnt up to 50 per cent of the total area.

Mr McAlpin says trappings for the survey have found only a small number of
mammals, but many species of reptiles and birds.

"It's a terrific opportunity for us to get baseline data of what's
surviving these fires," he said.

"In some cases there are species that are moving onto burnt sites that are
actually benefiting from these fires. Then there's other species that are
making the best of it with various survival strategies and being able to
survive in these burnt areas.

"So it's just a great opportunity to get a good data set, following a
large amount of fires through the park."



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