Research by sea turtle experts in Australia suggests that it is highly probable that sea turtle egg loss due to predation by European red fox (Vulpes vulpes) and recreational vehicle traffic on beaches has exceeded the sustainable level of loss for the Western Australian loggerhead population. On the Ningaloo Coast, about 1 in 1,000 – 2,000 sea turtle hatchlings survive to sexual maturity, which for Loggerhead turtles may take 30 years or more. Before the Gnaraloo Feral Animal Control Program (GFACP) was introduced at Gnaraloo in 2008, up to 100% of sea turtle nests were predated by foxes in parts of the Gnaraloo Bay Rookery. Work under the GFACP has resulted in 100% protection of sea turtle nests from feral predation in the Gnaraloo Bay Rookery during the annual turtle nesting periods in 2010/11 – 2015/16. This saved over 230,000 eggs of endangered loggerhead turtle from feral animal predation.
The Spinifex Hopping-mouse (Notomys alexis) is an indicator of biodiversity health. Sightings of this species have been recorded at Gnaraloo on two occasions on a single night during February 2013 and four occasions during a five day survey period in November 2011.
The research and data collected by the GFACP are provided to Government agencies (State and Australian) who are responsible for decision-making on environmental protection and conservation, universities (country wide) and made publicly available.
To view the annual reports of the GFACP since 2008/09, choose from the list of reports on the right.