Biology & ecology Wild European rabbits typically have grey-brown back fur and a white-grey belly. Colour varies from sandy light brown, to ginger, black, and occasionally, white. Rabbits are characterised by their long ears, long hind legs, short fluffy tail and feet that are well furred beneath, with large straight claws. Males and females are […]
Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) have been nominated as among ‘100 of the world’s worst’ invaders (Global Invasive Species Database 2009), in recognition of their extensive damage to biodiversity and difficulty to eradicate. The Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre hosted an international workshop in February 2010 to share and progress knowledge and experience of rabbit eradications, particularly […]
Rabbit warrens in a 4000 ha study site on Kinchega National Park, Menindee, in semiarid western NSW, were plotted onto aerial photographs. The warrens were distributed over five habitats characterized by soil type and vegetation associations. The 400 warrens found were used to assess the “Tarbaby” (poison 1080 made into a sticky mixture) method of […]
This report describes a practical assessment of the Tarbaby method of poisoning rabbits in the district of the Pastures Protection Board at Young, New South Wales. Detailed observations on the effect of Tarbaby poisoning on rabbits were made on a small study site near Murringo. One area was treated three times and an adjacent area […]
A new method of poisoning rabbits by making use of their grooming behaviour is described. The technique consists of laying a trail of a greasy substance carrying a poison (lanolin carrying sodium fluoroacetate was used) along the floor of the burrow. Rabbits tread on the trail, then on to the soil, and ingest the poison […]
We reviewed historical literature and obtained nearly 200 records of the mongoose in Australia up to 1942. Although the earliest importations (from 1855) were for its snake-killing prowess, often as entertainment, its perceived potential as a control agent for the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) plague saw concerted introductions made in New South Wales, Victoria and […]
1. The effect of rabbit population density on transmission of rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) is a critical aspect of disease ecology for rabbit control and rabbit conservation. We examined the interaction between rabbit control and spread of RHDV and a non-pathogenic calicivirus (bCV) in Australian wild rabbit populations, and reviewed existing recommendations for control […]
This report documents work commissioned by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre to validate and refine risk assessment models used nationally in decisions to import and manage introduced vertebrate species. The intent of the project was to: increase predictive accuracy, scientific validation and adoption of risk assessment models for the import and keeping of exotic […]
Rabbit, Grampians National Park, Victoria. Image courtesy Daryl Panther, Victorian Wildlife Management http://www.victorianwildlife.com.au/ . These image files may be freely downloaded and used without permission of the copyright holder for educational purposes only. If the image file is to be used for any other purpose other than educational use (including commercial purposes), permission must be […]
Map shows the density of the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) in Tasmania, 2007. Compiled by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre and the National Land and Water Resources Audit, in collaboration with the Australian, State and Territory governments. Click on the thumbnail image below to open the full map file
Map shows the density of the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) in South Australia, 2007. Compiled by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre and the National Land and Water Resources Audit, in collaboration with the Australian, State and Territory governments. Click on the thumbnail image below to open the full map file.
Map shows the density of the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) in Queensland, 2007. Compiled by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre and the National Land and Water Resources Audit, in collaboration with the Australian, State and Territory governments. Click on thumbnail image below to open full map file.
Map shows the density of the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) in NSW 2006/2007. Compiled by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre and the National Land and Water Resources Audit, in collaboration with the Australian, State and Territory governments. Click on thumbnail image below to open full map file.
Models for assessing the risk that exotic vertebrates could establish in Australia have been developed for mammals, birds (Bomford 2003; Bomford 2006, 2008), reptiles and amphibians (Bomford 2006, 2008; Bomford et al. 2005). These Risk Assessment models have been further explored by DAFWA to confirm that they reasonably predict public safety, establishment and pest risks […]
Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV) is widely used in Australia to control feral rabbit populations. Before RHDV was released on the Australian continent in 1996, antibodies cross-reacting in RHDV specific ELISAs were found in Australian wild rabbits, leading to the hypothesis that a non-pathogenic calicivirus had been circulating in rabbit populations in Australia, potentially providing […]
This threat abatement plan (TAP) establishes a national framework to guide and coordinate Australia?s response to the impacts of rabbits on biodiversity. It identifies the research, management and other actions needed to ensure the long-term maintenance of native species and ecological communities affected by competition and land degradation caused by rabbits. It replaces the threat […]
Quick assessment method to help you decide if rabbits are a problem and what action you need to take
The purpose of this manual is to provide details of the techniques available for monitoring rabbits in australia. By providing a step-by-step description of each technique, it will be possible to standardise many monitoring programs and make valid comparisons of abundance and damage across the nation. This is becoming increasingly important for the states, territories […]
The development of Regional Pest Management Strategies (RPMS) provides NPWS with a strategic approach to pest management across NSW. The Strategy developed for each region provides a tool to broadly identify pest distribution and their associated impacts across the park system. It details priorities for each Region, including actions listed in the PAS and TAPs […]
WARNING: Some viewers may find this image upsetting. NatureCall Wildlife Management Solutions carries out Vertebrate Pest Management and was employed by a sheep farmer in the highlands of western NSW for the control of feral rabbits. 1124 rabbits in total were removed in three nights, all except one being head shots for humane destruction. These […]