Introduced rats

Lord Howe Island lies in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 700 km north-east of Sydney. European rats were introduced to the island accidentally, when a ship ran aground on the island in 1918.

They quickly spread across the island, hunting native animals and competing with them for food. They have been implicated in the decline and extinction of some native birds, lizards, snails and other species. They have also harmed populations of several plant species.

Author NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
Date null
Publisher National Parks and Wildlife Service
Notes Notes
Region NSW