There are as many as 80 introduced animal species that have established wild populations throughout Australia. These invasive species impact our fragile environment, damage our rivers and wetlands, damage agricultural systems and threaten food security, impact on native flora and fauna, and cause many problems in urban areas. No established pest animal has ever been completely eradicated from the Australian mainland.
To reduce the risk of new exotic invasive pests becoming established in Australia, we need to focus on early detection of new species, and preventing known species from spreading into new areas.
This video takes a look at some of the unwanted invasive species that pose risks to Australia should they establish wild populations. Sightings of unusual animals in the wrong place should be reported to biosecurity authorities.
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This project was funded under the Australian Pest Animal Research Program (APARP).
- New and Emerging pests page: www.pestsmart.org.au/pest-animal-species/new-and-emerging/
- This video on YouTube: youtu.be/-4Fnr5KYePo
- PestSmart YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/PestSmart
- APARP projects: www.pestsmart.org.au/australian-pest-animal-research-program/