Tramp ant finder
A MAJOR boost for the detection and control of tramp ants in and around the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area was announced last week.
The Wet Tropics Management Authority secured $260,000 in funding through the Commonwealth’s Caring for our Country program.
Electric ants and yellow crazy ants are listed among the world’s 100 most invasive species.
They are collectively known as tramp ants because of their ability to spread via cargo transported by humans.
They can cause a decline in the variety and abundance of plants and animals due to predation and competition and have a severe impact on the health and function of ecosystems in affected areas.
Within the World Heritage Area, cassowaries, spotted-tailed quolls, and other ground-dwelling and nesting species are at risk.The funding will allow for surveillance and detection to progress to eradicate tramp ants from the Wet Tropics Heritage Area.
Ken Ellis as the comedian