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Video Clip Synopsis:
Australia’s far north Arnhem Land is patrolled by the wildlife ranger. In a remote and vast area of pristine natural beauty, the work ranges from tracking wildlife to rescuing baby turtles.

2min 59sec

Wildlife Ranger is an excerpt from the film Wildlife Ranger (19 mins), produced in 1979.

Wildlife Ranger: Set in the beautiful but isolated Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory, Wildlife Ranger traces the duties and lifestyle of a national park ranger, including protection of and research into the diverse range of flora and fauna in the area. The program follows two rangers plying the boat along the waterways in the wet season to check out a remote rookery. This allows the viewer a close inspection of this unique environment, both at ground level and through breathtaking aerial photography. The northern monsoonal forests, grasslands and wildlife are shown in all their beauty, colour and diversity. The program also touches on the problems of remoteness from major towns, illustrated with the arrival of the fortnightly mail plane from Darwin.

Wildlife Ranger was produced by Film Australia.

Study Module

Curriculum Focus: SOSE/HSIE
Year: 7-8
Strand: Resources
Theme: Environment & Work

Key Concepts

Resources; Environment; Citizenship; Sustainability; Hero

Curriculum Applicability Notes

ACT:Place and space – Environmental impacts
NSW:Geography Stage 4, 4G2, 4G4
NT:Geography Stage 4, 4G2, 4G4
Qld:Place and Space Level 5
SA:Place, space and environment 4.4, 4.5
Tas:World Futures – Creating sustainable futures. Standard 4
Vic:Geography 5.2, 5.3, 5.4
WA:Place and space
Time, continuity and change
Natural and social systems

Context / Background Information

Much of Australia's far north is tropical wilderness that falls within various National Parks. The Cobourg Peninsula is situated on the northwest corner of Arnhem Land and juts out into the Arafura Sea. The peninsula is part of the Garig Gunak Barlu National Park and is managed jointly by the traditional Aboriginal land owners and the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory. Governments employ wildlife rangers to patrol remote areas and enforce environmental laws, for example the poaching of crocodiles. Much of their work is prevention as well as enforcement. The wildlife ranger has a vast area to patrol. He has to love living and working in a remote wilderness area where food may be dropped off by plane and many nights are spent camping outdoors. He needs many skills for this kind of work including sharp observation of nature. Pristine wilderness National Parks are a highly valued national resource and in need of protection.

Discussion Pointers

  1. What does the video clip show?
  2. What does the ranger do? List his different tasks.
  3. List the qualities that the ranger displays.
  4. Why does the ranger carry out this work? Do you think it is important to the environment? Do you think it is important to Australia? Explain your reasons.

Suggested Classroom Activities

  1. In a small group have one of your members ‘be’ the ranger. Ask the ranger questions. The ranger must answer in a way that is consistent with what is shown in the video clip. If you think the ranger’s answers are not consistent with the clip you can ‘challenge’. If the ranger cannot persuade the group that her or his response is consistent, then the person who challenged becomes the ranger and answers the questions.
  2. Would you consider the ranger to be a hero? Or even a good citizen? Discuss your reasons why, referring to the criteria you use to decide on ‘heroism’ and ‘citizenship’.

Modules That Use This Clip

Science Year 7-8, SOSE/HSIE Year 7-8, SOSE/HSIE Year 9-10