Water rats in Western Australia are safely hunting cane toads.
When neatly dissected cane toad corpses began turning up next to a creek in the Kimberley, scientists went on the hunt for the clever killer.
Barking Owls are one of Australia’s 1,770 threatened or endangered species.
Invasive species are the biggest single threat to Australian plants and animals.
The Balanggarra Rangers are land management representatives of the Balanggarra people, the indigenous traditional owners of the East Kimberley. (L-R) Wes Alberts, Bob Smith (coordinator) James ‘Birdy’ Birch, Isiah Smith, Quentin Gore.
The Kimberley Land Council
There are exciting synergies between western science and indigenous knowledge. Surprisingly, the success of our Australian predator conservation research was due entirely to its multicultural nature.
It is estimated there are now more than 200 million cane toads across Queensland and northern New South Wales.
Pauline Hanson's idea to reduce cane toad numbers is fundamentally flawed, both in economic theory and in practice.
Cane toads are on the march, but new genetic research could slow them down.
New genetic knowledge about cane toads could give us the knowledge we need to throw some more roadblocks in front of this persistent invader as it marches across Australia.
New study confirms fears that the island's native wildlife can be poisoned by introduced Asian toads.
Cane toads have been found from Perth to Sydney.
DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND WILDLIFE/AAP
New cane toad traps that carefully imitate mating males successfully target breeding females. Males, meanwhile, will turn up for anything that sounds remotely like a toad.
Solar-powered arrays can be left in remote locations, recording high-quality audio for years.
In a global first, hundreds of solar-powered microphones will be placed across Australia, listening out for invasive species, rare animals and the effects of climate change.
Just what the doctor ordered - more cane toads.
It sounds weird, but releasing small cane toads ahead of the main invasion front can help predators learn to avoid the biggest, most toxic ones. Here's exactly how it works.
Rick Shine aims to save Australia’s reptiles.
University of Sydney
University of Sydney conservation scientist Rick Shine has won a top science honour, for work that uses evolutionary theory to try and keep cane toads from killing Australia's native wildlife.
Cane toads are still spreading across northern Australia.
Cane toads, introduced in 1935 to control cane beetles, have now spread across a huge swathe of Australia, from the Kimberley in northern Western Australia to northern New South Wales. They’re still spreading…
Rabbit numbers have been considerably reduced by the introduction of two viruses - Rabbit calicivirus and myxoma.
Australia’s “ferals” — invasive alien plants, pests and diseases — are the largest bioeconomic threats to Australian agriculture. They also harm our natural ecosystems and biodiversity. Some, such as mosquitoes…
Two of millions of cane toads found across northern Australia.
Mark Lewis, Radio Pictures, Mullumbimby
When cane toads were released in Australia in 1935, they were the latest innovation in pest control, backed by a level of consensus support that a scientist could only dream of. So what went wrong? Research…
Cane toads spread faster when they arrive in a new area.
Cane toads are one of the Australia’s most serious invasive species, killing predators such as goannas, quolls and crocodiles in the tropical north. We already know the toads are advancing from Queensland…
People capture and kill cane toads to prevent further spread of the invasive species, but in two thirds of cases they’re…
Australia’s best known pest.
AAP Image/Dave Hunt
For some unfathomable reason, cane toads stir the popular imagination. Most invasive species are simply not noticed by most of us, or, if they are, they are quickly assimilated into our mental landscape…
Closing about 100 man-made bodies of water could stop cane toads from spreading further into Australia’s north west, the study found.
Shutting down around 100 man-made water storage structures in Australia’s north west could stop the spread of cane toads…
The rapacious invader has defied all efforts to stop its spread across tropical Australia.
The cane toad’s highly toxic poison could ultimately prove the most effective weapon against the invasive species itself…
The toxins produced by cane toads kill many Australian predators that eat them. But to date, the potential economic impact…
Image courtesy of Noel Burkead. A highly invasive fish that can tolerate and adapt to a range of environmental conditions…