Rabbit detection dogs, baiting, fumigation and controlled releases of Calicivirus have all helped to protect mala (rufous hare-wallaby) from competition by rabbits. See the full article from Parks Australia (2015).
PestSmart have released a set of answers to frequently asked questions about the new strain of RHDV- find out more at PestSmart (2015).
The National Museum of Australia holds many different objects that together record the ecological and social significance of the feral European wild rabbit. For information on historic interactions between rabbits and people, see the blog (2015).
Western Quolls are benefitting from, and contributing to, ‘rewilding’ programs with controls for cats, foxes and rabbits. See the full blog from Rewilding Australia (2015)
For information on what makes rabbits so rascally, see the article from Atlas Obscura (2015).
This article from ABC News provides an interesting look at the history of the rabbit in Australia.
John Marsden’s children’s book titled The Rabbits has been recreated for the stage, an interesting look at the devastation caused by rabbits in Australia, but with an broader meaning as well.
The ABC TV program Landline featured a story on rabbits and RHDV on March 25. The story looked back over the 11 years that RHDV has been active in the Australian environment and how it has impacted on rabbit populations during that time.
Since its escape from Wardang Island, SA, in 1995 rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD) has caused massive mortalities in Australia’s rabbit populations. The crash in rabbit numbers is giving cause for cautious optimism as pastoralists and researchers record the impact on native flora and fauna and on agriculture, and work to keep the populations pinned down.
ECOS magazine, an online based publication produced by the CSIRO, has published the timely article entitled: Rabbits’ resurgence puts the bush under pressure By Rachel Sullivan. Rabbits are back – in increasing numbers, posing a major threat to Australia’s recovering landscapes.