Environment & Community

Invasive Species

Independent research commissioned by the Minister for the Environment in 2014 identified invasive species to be the most significant environmental threat facing Christmas Island and the principal cause of island extinctions since settlement.

Key invasive species include yellow crazy ants, feral cats, rats, wolf snakes and giant centipedes. Many of these species arrived on Christmas Island prior the Island becoming an Australian territory.

PRL is a strong supporter of the Island war on feral cats and believes the future of the Island’s special fauna is dependent on the future resourcing of coordinated and Island wide invasive species control programs.

To mitigate against the introduction and spread of weed species from mining operations, a Weed Management Plan has been developed in liaison with Parks and approved by the Government. This plan contains strategies for the control of priority high risk weed species.