Animal Awareness

Be Crocwise

In the Kimberley region, both saltwater and freshwater crocodiles inhabit the waterways, making it essential to exercise caution whenever you're near any body of water. Crocodiles are a common sight in Top End waters, where you're firmly in 'Croc Country'. They're highly mobile creatures, capable of covering large distances throughout the year. It's crucial to remember that crocodiles are deadly predators, and encounters can turn fatal. As human and crocodile populations increase, encounters become more frequent, emphasizing the importance of being Crocwise at all times. Stay vigilant and follow safety guidelines to minimize the risk of encounters with these formidable creatures.

Your safety is your responsibility, always BE CROCWISE in the Kimberley.  

To report a crocodile that is showing aggressive behaviour and actively presenting a threat to humans, please call DBCA Parks and Wildlife Service Broome on (08) 9195 5500.

More information on Crocodiles

Stray animals

If you’re travelling on regional roads, remember to slow down at dusk and dawn and keep an eye out for straying animals. Live stock collisions can be fatal, so remember to give animals a ‘brake’ if you see them on or near the road when you’re driving.

Give animals a break

Fite The Bite

In Western Australia, mosquitoes can transmit serious diseases such as Ross River virus, Barmah Forest virus, Kunjin virus, Murray Valley encephalitis, and Japanese encephalitis (JEV). While there is a vaccine for JEV, there is no cure or vaccine for the other diseases. The JEV vaccine does not protect against Murray Valley encephalitis.

The most effective way to prevent infection is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. To protect yourself, follow these key steps: Cover up by wearing long, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing that covers as much of your body as possible. Apply an effective insect repellent containing DEET (diethyltoluamide), picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (OLE, also known as PMD) evenly to exposed skin. Lastly, clean up around your home by removing, emptying, or covering water-holding containers and keeping your grass short to discourage mosquitoes from lingering.

By taking these precautions, you can help protect yourself and your family from mosquito-borne diseases. Stay safe and be vigilant about mosquito safety.