A wide range of introduced species live in Australia's land and water environments. Many of these - including rabbits, foxes, feral cats, deer and carp - are believed to have contributed to the extinction or decline of various native species, and have harmed ecological communities. Preying on native species, changing habitat and competing for food and shelter are some of the ways these 'pest' species affect our native plants and animals.
In some situations, native species can become too numerous or ‘overabundant’, and cause negative impacts on the environment, or on the species itself.
ARI has a long history in assessing and predicting impacts, recommending management strategies, and designing control programs to reduce damage by introduced or overabundant native species.