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Downs - Australian Grassland

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Deepa Anil Sivadas

on 7 September 2012

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The Downs - Australian Grasslands In Northern Australia most of the region is blanketed by tropical and sub-tropical savanna — vast plains of tall, dense grass with pockets of woodlands. These are called the Downs Tropical savanna once covered about 12 percent of the planet, but more than 70 percent has been lost and little of what remains is protected, making the savanna of Northern Australia — four times larger than any other on Earth Far from empty, the grasslands teem with wildlife, from kangaroos to parrots. The region harbors:

460 bird species
110 mammal species
225 freshwater fish species and
40 percent of Australia’s reptiles Animals in the Downs Wombat Dingo Emu Wallaby Kangaroo For several thousand years, the Darling Downs was home to various clans of the Wakka Wakka language speakers.
The Downs Indigenous peoples were also knows as the Gomaingguru, ‘fire blacks’ (from their habit of frequently firing the grasslands).
Tribal groups used controlled fires to flush out game, to rejuvenate aging vegetation, and to keep tree and shrub species from taking over grasslands. The new settlers started ranching and mining throughout the region. The bad effects of this kind of land use have caused a lot of problems like changes in the landscape as well as loss of homes for the tribes. Therefore it is essential that we protect these grasslands from further deterioration Australia
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