Historic rabbit ecology – a case for rewilding?

A blog from Rewilding Australia provides some historic insight into the spread of rabbits and asks if there is a case for ‘rewilding’ with quolls, Tassie Devils and dingoes. Read the blog, including an historic letter, from Rewilding Australia.

Rabbit threat abatement plan

Background information and a draft to update the threat abatement plan to control rabbits has been released by the Australian Government. Read more to: see both documents, or view some media commentary

Rabbit Proofing the West

The National Museum of Australia holds many different objects that together record the ecological and social significance of the feral European wild rabbit. For information on historic interactions between rabbits and people, see the blog (2015).

Wascally Wabbits

For information on what makes rabbits so rascally, see the article from Atlas Obscura (2015).

Australia after rabbits, ECOS Magazine, 2003

Since its escape from Wardang Island, SA, in 1995 rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD) has caused massive mortalities in Australia’s rabbit populations. The crash in rabbit numbers is giving cause for cautious optimism as pastoralists and researchers record the impact on native flora and fauna and on agriculture, and work to keep the populations pinned down.

ECOS Magazine article, Dec 2011

ECOS magazine, an online based publication produced by the CSIRO, has published the timely article entitled: Rabbits’ resurgence puts the bush under pressure By Rachel Sullivan. Rabbits are back – in increasing numbers, posing a major threat to Australia’s recovering landscapes.