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Wednesday, May 25 • 10:30 - 11:30
Feral cats: the greatest threat to Australia’s native mammals

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Feral cats kill millions of native animals every night. Finding an effective strategy to neutralise the impact of cats is likely to be the single most important step in halting the decline of Australia’s threatened mammals. In the search for an effective feral cat control strategy, Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) has been undertaking Australia’s largest feral cat research program, delivering ground-breaking science which has led to major new discoveries about cats including new insights into their deadly interaction with wildfire and feral herbivores. Focused initially on AWC’s properties in the Kimberley, AWC’s research program involves the most detailed study ever undertaken of the density, impacts, ranging and hunting behaviour of feral cats. However, until an effective, landscape scale control strategy is developed – which may take decades – the only effective way to protect and restore populations of Australia’s most vulnerable mammals is to establish a national network of large feral predator-free areas. AWC is leading the way with plans for a 65,000 hectare feral predator-free area in central Australia – the planet’s largest (by area) removal of feral cats.

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John Kanowski

National Science and Conservation Manager, Australian Wildlife Conservancy
Dr John Kanowski is a conservation and restoration ecologist with extensive experience in Australian ecosystems. John's PhD was in the ecology of rainforest possums and tree-kangaroos; subsequently, John worked as part of a research team investigating approaches to restoring biodiversity... Read More →

Wednesday May 25, 2016 10:30 - 11:30 ACST
City Room 4 Adelaide Convention Centre