Stories in this Theme

Introduction

Wild Horses are found through most of the Northern Territory, but are particularly abundant in the Gulf region, parts of western Arnhem Land, the Victoria River District, and the West MacDonnell Ranges.

Introduction

Cats arrived in Australia with European settlers, and quickly became established through the continent. They are common and widespread throughout the Northern Territory, with the only exceptions being a few off-shore Islands. Not needing to drink, they even survive in deserts, where they prefer dense cover.

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Perennial Mission Grass is well-established across the Top End of the Northern Territory. Its stronghold is in the Darwin-Daly region, but it is also found in north-east Arnhem Land, on the Tiwi Islands and as far south as Daly Waters. Originally from tropical Africa, it was brought to Australia as a pasture species that is palatable when young or well-fertilized, and because of its ability to colonise disturbed sites. Though officially released in Queensland, its escape into the wild in the Northern Territory at Berrimah in the 1970s was apparently accidental.

Introduction

There is perhaps no animal in Australia that arouses such mixed emotions as does the Dingo. A relatively recent arrival to the country, Dingoes, along with Wild Dogs, can inflict much damage on livestock. Dingoes mainly feed on native mammals, and are likely to have driven some native species to extinction soon after they were brought to northern Australia from eastern Asia around 5,000 years ago.

Introduction

Goats were brought to Australia on the First Fleet as a source of meat and milk. They were taken wherever early settlers went, and many were released into the wild. Feral Goats are currently not a problem in mainland Northern Territory, with their spread being kept in check by Dingos. However, they are found on a few offshore islands, including North Goulburn Island, Truant Island, off Nhulunbuy, and Vanderlin and West Islands in the Sir Edward Pellew group.