Feral and invasive species

Red foxes caught red handed

The introduced red fox (Vulpes vulpes) has established large populations across the Australian continent and are additive sources of pressure on the persistence of native species.

Feral cats

The domestic cat is a superb survivor.  Although they hitched a ride to this continent with humans initially, feral populations thrive and are maintained with no help from people now.

  • Narelle Dybing spends hours looking down the microscope every day in her pursuit to describe the parasite load of feral cats.  Understanding which parasites these animals have will allow us to assess their role in disease transmission.

Feral pigs dig up water catchments

The feral pig (Sus scrofa) shows preference for riparian zones, where it roots through vegetation to find root and other plant material.

  • Dr Peter Adams has been quantifying the impact of feral pigs in jarrah forest water catchment sites.
  • Lara Osborne has been comparing the properties of soil dug up by feral pigs with soil from the diggings of native animals.
  • Joe Porter has been identifying diet of feral pigs from a mountain of stomach samples collected from culled animals.

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