Are bilbies hard-wired to avoid dingoes?

Bilbies may be more likely to avoid dingoes than cats, if their reaction to dog and cat faeces is anything to go by. Research by the University of NSW conducted in the Arid Recovery Reserve, SA, indicated that bilbies tend to avoid dogs as a result of co-evolution. For more information, see the article from […]

K5 taking hold in NZ

The RHDV1 K5 virus is beginning to take hold in the Otago region of New Zealand. Landholders are urged to take advantage and follow-up with secondary controls. For more information, see the article in The Country, NZ Herald. Photo: Otago Daily Times

Rabbits – Criminals of the animal world.

Rabbits and foxes are ‘criminals of the animal world’ due to their impact on native plants and animals, according to park authorities in the Australian Capital Territory. Parks and Conservation (ACT) spend over $150,000 a year on rabbit control and are hopeful that RHDV-K5 will be active this autumn and winter. For more information, see […]

Calici helps Mulgara recovery

Reduced rabbit populations since the introduction of the Calici virus are a factor in the recovery of the Crest-tailed Mulgara. Thought to be extinct in NSW, Mulgara have been found in Sturt National Park. Reductions in rabbit populations have been linked with increased ground cover, benefiting the species. For more information, see the University of […]

Myxo helps Calici virus

Wild rabbits exposed to Myxomatosis are more susceptible to RHDV (Calici virus), compared to rabbits without prior exposure. That is the conclusion of researchers looking at eighteen years of data from a continuously monitored site at Turretfield, South Australia. Dr Louise Barnett from Flinders University presented the findings at a recent annual general meeting of […]

K5 effective in Lincoln National Park

The K5 strain of RHDV1 reduced wild rabbit numbers by 80% in the Lincoln National Park on SA’s Eyre Peninsula. For more information, see the article in the Port Lincoln Times. Photo from: Natural Resources EP

Conservation starts with rabbit control.

Concerted efforts at rabbit control by the Trust for Nature on their Ned’s Corner property are paying off. The Trust purchased the property west of Mildura fifteen years ago and has been targeting rabbits with a variety of control measures, including spreading RHDV-K5. Land that was once eroded by rabbits is now regenerating – more […]

Can rabbits control cats?

Can controlling rabbits control feral cats and help restore native species? The University of Tasmania is offering three PhD scholarships to find out, with field work to take place in Tasmania, the Flinders Ranges, and New Zealand. To find out more see NRM Jobs, or contact the School of Biological Sciences at U Tas.

Wardang Island’s rabbit history

The historic role of Wardang Island in the development of bio-controls for wild rabbits has been recognized with an update to signage at the Port Victoria jetty. The Island was the primary field trial site for both Myxomatosis and the Calici virus (RHDV). Great to see that history, the role of CSIRO, and the support […]

The arms race continues – myxoma vs wild rabbits

The myxoma virus found in Australia has evolved to better suppress the immune system of rabbits, according to a team of Australian and American researchers. Rabbits with a weakened immune system will also be more vulnerable to other diseases. The team, led by Peter Kerr from the University of Sydney and CSIRO, concluded the myxoma […]