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Scania Australia announces support for Australia Zoo crocodile research

Commercial vehicle manufacturer, Scania Australia, will assist Australia Zoo and Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors by supplying a New Truck Generation prime mover to help transport equipment for the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve in Far North Queensland.

Powered by a 13-litre 6-cylinder engine, the Scania G 500 6x4 will pull two 20-foot containers 2500 kilometres from Beerwah on the Sunshine Coast to the Cape York Peninsula.

An annual crocodile research trip has been conducted on the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve since 2008. Irwin’s capture and study techniques for crocodile research, which began in the 1980s, today are regarded as world class.

Australia Zoo manages the largest and most successful crocodile research project in the world.

It partners with the University of Queensland and Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors, capturing crocodiles for UQ scientists to fit tracking devices to the animals and take measurements.

Each crocodile is fitted with an acoustic tag, which sends information to the researchers’ receivers over a 10-year period.

A GPS tracker is also fitted to larger crocodiles to better track their movements for up to a year.

Every year, a team of crocodile experts, scientists, conservationists, media and VIP guests join the Irwin family at the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve on Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula.

As one of the original NTG evaluation vehicles, the Scania prime mover has been named in honour of one of the company’s longest serving employees Trevor O’Brien.

Terri Irwin, Owner Australia Zoo said the shipping containers the Scania will be transporting are to house and protect the boats and traps used for the annual crocodile research trip from the notorious wet season of Far North Queensland.

“The truck will do a 5,500 km round trip to the Reserve and back and we are grateful to Scania Australia for its use,” she said.

“The money we would have used to rent a truck can now be used for further research into crocodiles and their conservation.”

“Scania is very pleased to be able to provide Australia Zoo with one of our new prime movers to relocate their research team’s containers into FNQ,” said Richard Singer, Scania Queensland Regional Executive Manager.

“Just like Australia Zoo is committed to research, Scania puts significant resources into its own research and development, designed to improve longevity and durability, just like the researchers in FNQ are studying how crocodiles function and flourish in local conditions,” he said.

“Scania is committed to sustainability across our operations, offering Euro 6 emission compliant vehicles and a wide range of alternative fuels, just as Australia Zoo is working to provide sustainability for our native flora and fauna.”

“Scania trucks are as much at home in the hot and humid environment of the far reaches of Cape York as the native crocodiles, and have the Scania Communicator tracking systems fitted to monitor and analyse their every move.”

“These give our customers a comprehensive performance review week-by-week, month-by-month and year-by-year,” said Singer.

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