Biodiversity Series, Paper No. 4
S.R. Morton, J. Short and R.D. Barker, with an Appendix by G.F. Griffin and G. Pearce
Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories, 1995
4. Foci of biological diversity in Western Australia
4.1. Central Kimberley
Extensive cattle grazing, tourism.
National Parks and Nature Reserves
Drysdale River National Park, Prince Regent Nature Reserve; there are plans to add a central part of King Leopold Ranges to the conservation estate following purchase of Mount Hart pastoral lease (McKenzie et al. 1992).
Land degradation due to over-grazing (Wilcox and Cunningham 1994).
Species that are regionally endemic
Reptiles: The blind snakes Ramphotyphlops troglodytes and R. micromma are endemic to the Region (Cogger 1992)
Plants: A cycad Cycas furfuracea and the mistletoe Decaisninia biangulata are endemic to north-west Kimberley (McKenzie et al. 1992).
There may be relict species in the limestone massif (Keighery and Gibson 1993).
Other significant populations
Rock ringtail possum Pseudocheirus dahli and red goshawk Erythrotriorchis radiatus at King Leopold Ranges (McKenzie et al. 1992).
Some parts of the King Leopold Ranges – Bell Gorge and Lennard River Gorge – contain permanent pools (McKenzie et al. 1992).