A blog from Rewilding Australia provides some historic insight into the spread of rabbits and asks if there is a case for ‘rewilding’ with quolls, Tassie Devils and dingoes. Read the blog, including an historic letter, from Rewilding Australia.
Background information and a draft to update the threat abatement plan to control rabbits has been released by the Australian Government. Read more to: see both documents, or view some media commentary
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).
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.
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.