Kangaroo Island feral cat eradication program

Donate now or download a donation form to support the Feral Cat Eradication Program on Kangaroo Island.

You can help Kangaroo Island to protect its precious wildlife and safeguard the livestock industry for the generations to come.  

According to one study from 2017, feral and pet cats collectively kill more than 1 million birds in Australia every day. Another study shows feral cats also kill about 466 million reptiles a year, higher than any other continent. An individual cat can kill up to 225 reptiles per year. The cats are essentially killing and eating 258 different reptile species such as geckos and bearded dragons, including 11 threatened species. 

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At Nature Foundation we are committed to supporting important conservation programs that make a real difference on the ground. We've partnered with Natural Resources Kangaroo Island to give everyone a chance to support some of the important conservation projects on Kangaroo Island that need your help.

The Kangaroo Island Feral Cat Eradication Program is one of Australia’s ambitious programs to remove an invasive, introduced, predatory species that is devastating to our native animals.
Some of the most threatened native species in Australia live on Kangaroo Island, many of which are at extreme risk from feral cats. The KI Feral Cat Eradication Program is an effective example of how good governance, strategic planning, community commitment and appropriate resourcing can effectively remove threats from the landscape creating safe havens for natives and reverse the decline of critically endangered species.

As the research phase of the eradication program is nearing completion, analysis of the effort required to complete the next phase, the eradication across the Dudley Peninsula, indicates it will be tough to successfully complete with existing resources.

The next phase of the eradication program will create a permanent safe haven for the endangered Kangaroo Island dunnart, and other EPBC-listed species such as the KI echidna and hooded plover, by eradicating feral cats from the Dudley Peninsula (on the eastern end of KI), an area of 384 square km of mixed bushland, coastal and agricultural landscapes at the eastern end of the island. The peninsula will be isolated from the remainder of the island by a cat barrier fence built across the narrow isthmus to prevent re-invasions from the west.

Feral cats have been recognised as a major threat to a number of threatened species, particularly IMGP1186.JPGsmall mammals and ground nesting birds. In addition feral cats are known vectors of parasitic diseases (sarcosporidiosis and toxoplasmosis) which have substantial economic impacts on the islands primary producers.

The Dudley Peninsula contains habitat for 17 endemic sub-species and a number of threatened species, many of which are present or possibly present on the Dudley Peninsula such as:

  • Kangaroo Island dunnart Sminthopsis fuliginosis aitkeni (Endangered)
  • Kangaroo Island echidna Tachyglossus aculeatus multiaculeatus (Endangered)
  • Southern brown bandicoot Isoodon obesuelus (Endangered)
  • Hooded plover (eastern) Thinornis rubricollis rubricollis (Vulnerable)

As part of the Federal Government's Threatened Species Strategy and Safe Havens initiative, Kangaroo Island has been identified as one of five large Australian islands that are proposed for the eradication of feral cats. penguin_cat_attack_1.JPG

We invite you to donate (once off or monthly debit) to the KI Feral Cat Eradication Program to help:

  • Remove an invasive predatory species from Kangaroo Island creating a safe Haven for threatened species;
  • Erect a cat barrier fence to stop feral cat population in the West of the island from re-invading the Dudley Peninsula;
  • Ensure iconic species persists on KI, and in South Australia;
  • Support valued wildlife relied on by Kangaroo Island’s nature‑based tourism industry, which underpins the local economy;
  • Protect the Island’s livestock industry from parasitic diseases such as sarcosporidiosis and toxoplasmosis, carried by cats;
  • Maintain the unique wildlife of Kangaroo Island for the appreciation of all who live and visit here;
  • Support the stewardship efforts of the Kangaroo Island community.

Download a summary of the operational plan for the KI Feral Cat Eradication Program to learn about the program activities to find out more.

Donate Now

Help us to remove an invasive predator and secure a future for native species and KI’s livestock industry with your tax deductible donation. Your contribution - no matter how small - will help us carry out vital conservation work. Please click here to download a donation form.

All donations $2 and over are tax deductible. Thank you for your support!

You can also donate via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) to:
Bank details: BSB: 105900 Account No: 963747240

Name: Nature Foundation
Description: (Your name and) FCEP

Please email [email protected] to advise you have made an EFT.

Since April 2020, the Feral Cat Eradication Program has received many generous donations totalling $36,665 as at 3 July 2020. Thankyou to everyone for their support!