Australia is home to many plants and animals that have been introduced since European settlement. Some of these plants and animals have become invasive - they have spread and multiplied to the point where they:
    • damage the environment
    • threaten the continued existence of native plants and animals
    • create significant problems for agriculture.

Invasive animals, often called feral animals, and invasive plants or 'weeds' are one of the biggest environmental problems facing Australia today.

Some examples include:
  1. Blackberry
  2. Feral cat
  3. Northern Pacific Sea Star
  4. Cane Toad
  5. Fox
  6. Rabbit
  7. Carp
  8. Indian Myna bird
  9. Red Imported fire ant
  10. Chytrid fungus
  11. Lantana
  12. Salvinia
  13. Feral goats
  14. Feral pigs
  15. Feral camels
  16. Feral dogs

Your task is to produce a poster, booklet or brochure about one of these pests that will educate the public about the problem.
Student task sheet here:
Link your page to the name of the plant, animal or disease you choose.
Make sure you include:
  • what it looks like - make sure your picture is not Copyright (choose a Creative Commons image from Flickr)
  • where it is found (shade the affected areas on the map of Australia)
  • where it came from
  • whether it was introduced accidentally or deliberately
  • what harm it does to the environment or economy
  • what can be done to control this pest