Ben Hoffmann is an ecologist with CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Tropical Ecosystems Research Centre (PMB 44 Winnellie NT 0822, Australia. Tel. + 61-8 8944 8432, Email: Ben.Hoffmann@csiro.au). Ben has dealt extensively with invasive ant species over the last seven years. At the time of this project, Simon O’Connor was Pest Management Officer with Parks Australia North (Kakadu National Park, PO Box 170, Jabiru, NT 0886). Simon O’Connor is currently an officer of New Zealand MAF Biosecurity Authority (PO Box 2526, Wellington, New Zealand). This feature arose from a large-scale eradication campaign for the African Big-headed Ant and Tropical Fire Ant conducted in Kakadu National Park. The project was successful and there were many lessons learnt that are applicable to any future eradications around the world.
Eradication of two exotic ants from Kakadu National Park
Version of Record online: 27 JUL 2004
Ecological Management & Restoration
Volume 5, Issue 2, pages 98–105, August 2004
How to Cite
Hoffmann, B. D. and O'Connor, S. (2004), Eradication of two exotic ants from Kakadu National Park. Ecological Management & Restoration, 5: 98–105. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-8903.2004.00182.x
- Issue online: 27 JUL 2004
- Version of Record online: 27 JUL 2004
Kakadu is a global icon for nature conservation, but like similar sites elsewhere it is constantly under threat from exotic species. This apparent eradication of two highly invasive ant species is a clear example that such projects are achievable, and lessons learnt from such successes will assist the ongoing fight against alien species.