Social hierarchies favour genetic diversity

A strong social hierarchy (or ‘pecking order’) and territoriality help prevent inbreeding, giving species an adaptive advantage. Whether it be a dominant female stick-nest rat ruling the nest, or a dominant male rabbit ejecting young males from a warren and forcing them to settle in foreign territory, the result is the same.  Genetic diversity, saving […]

Rabbit-Free Webinar videos

Videos presentations on the environmental and economic impact of rabbits, the latest research on how RHDV is working, and Easter Bilby as an advocate for rabbit control, are now available. The presentations are from a recent webinar co-convened by Rabbit-Free Australia and Centre for Invasive Species Solutions (CISS). The videos are available via CISS and […]

Rabbit funding: Critical gaps

Stop-start, short-term, piecemeal research isn’t going to deliver the comprehensive programs of effort required for success in rabbit control.

Rabbit R&D Webinar – Registration now open

Foundation for Rabbit-Free Australia and the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions (CISS) and  are hosting an on-line Rabbit R&D Update on Monday, March 21, 2022. Themes  for the Update are rabbit bio-control and awareness raising, with emphasis on: Environmental and economic benefits of rabbit control How RHDV is working and implications for RHDV-K5 releases Raising […]

Unholy trinity – rabbits, cats and foxes

In a recent contribution to The Conversation, Associate Professor Katherine Moseby (UNSW) refers to rabbits, cats and foxes as an unholy trinity. Rabbits competed with native mammals for food and became food themselves for cats and foxes – inflating predator numbers and adding to the predation of native mammals. Katherine has over 25 years of […]

Rabbits – ecosystem invaders

Rabbits and hares are the most widely spread herbivores in the Kosciuszko National Park, and are associated with less dense foliage, more bare ground and higher weed cover, according to a recent study published in Conservation Science and Practice. Rabbits were detected in 85% of study sites and over a wider range of elevations than […]

Grazing pressure – Kangaroo management survey

Grazing pressure – the combined consumption of plant matter by all herbivores. The population density of different species, their different feeding styles, and even different plant preferences – all those factors come together when trying to assess the ‘total grazing pressure’ on any area of land. Grazing pressure is often a key determinant of vegetation […]

Feral cats rely on rabbits

Feral cats are more dependent on rabbits as prey than quolls are, and cats favour areas where rabbits are more common. Reducing rabbit numbers is a good bet if wanting to reduce feral cat numbers.

Overabundant herbivores. How they affect plant communities.

Herbivores are considered overabundant when they cause observable harm to a plant community. A framework for thinking about and recording overabundance is presented by John Morgan in a special issue of Ecological Management and Restoration. The focus of this work is on overabundant macropods (wallabies and kangaroos), but the concepts are equally relevant to understanding […]