16 Feb 2006

SOS

Feral Animals in Australia - Was reading on the adverse ecological impact of alien Carp (Cyprinus carpio) on Australian water bodies, where it competes with and often overwhelms, populations of native fish species

i had read the fiery tales of pets (and domesticated animals) lovingly introduced to the wild by Australian settlers - rabbits, foxes and camels, which have subsequently run riot ecologically. The list also includes species like the cane toad which were introduced to Australia for pest control but have themselves turned into rampaging pests. But the list the “loving” impact on Australian ecology is far more impressive.

The list of feral animals itself is, to say the least, remarkable : Wild Rabbit, Red Fox, Camel, Cat, Goat, Horse, Donkey, Pig and Water Buffalo ! Here’s more on invasive species in Australia. More tinkering on the way

Also. the only known habitat of one of India's rarest birds, the Jerdon’s Courser, may yet be saved from destruction in a last-minute effort to re-route an irrigation canal in Andhra Pradesh

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