European rabbit (feral or wild)
|Common name:||European rabbit|
|Scientific name:||Oryctolagus cuniculus|
|Other common name/s:||rabbit, European wild rabbit|
Rabbits are Australia's most costly vertebrate pest animal, causing more than $200 million in agricultural production losses each year. Less than one rabbit per hectare can prevent the successful regeneration of native vegetation which is vital for biodiversity and farm productivity.
A community-led initiative to boost rabbit management
As part of ongoing efforts to manage the damage caused by rabbits, the Victorian Rabbit Action Network (VRAN) commenced in October 2014.
VRAN is led by a skills-based Steering Group of community, industry and government leaders with the support of the VRAN Executive Officer.
VRAN's activities support community-led action with the aim of a more sustainable and effective approach to rabbit management in Victoria. The network acts as a facilitating institution, bringing community together with government in deciding how Victoria invests in rabbit management. It builds on the biosecurity concept of 'shared responsibility' by encouraging collaboration and partnership.
The network is investing in a number of initiatives that target skills, learning and network development, and community-based innovation, through training programs, master classes, conferences and grant programs. It is currently supported by funding from the Commonwealth's Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper initiative.
For more information on VRAN visit www.rabbitaction.com.