The Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy will continue to support biological surveys of important or poorly known taxa and ecological communities of the Kimberley, to determine their conservation status, guide land management and help assess development proposals.

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is continuing targeted fauna and flora benchmark surveys and ongoing monitoring to assess changes in species distributions, especially for species known to be declining, in collaboration with traditional owners and Indigenous rangers, combining western scientific and traditional ecological knowledge.

This research has already shown that better management of the north Kimberley under the Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy is producing encouraging results, with populations of several threatened native mammal species already bouncing back. Golden-backed tree rats (Mesembriomys macrurus), brush-tailed rabbit rats (Conilurus penicillatus), golden bandicoots (Isoodon auratus), Ningbing false antechinus (Pseudantechinus ningbing), the Kimberley rock rat (Zyzomys woodwardi) and other rodents including the pale field rat (Rattus tunneyi) and grassland melomys (Melomys burtoni) are much more abundant.