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    In this activity, students consider the effects of the release of the rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus as a biological control in Otago.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • understand some advantages and disadvantages of biological pest control
    • form opinions from written texts
    • change their opinions in light of new information
    • share their ideas and possibly influence others.

    Download the Word file for:

    • introduction/background
    • what you need
    • what to do
    • student handouts.

    As a comparison to the control of rabbits, find out about the biological control of possums in this article.

    Useful link

    The National Pest Control Agencies publication A5: Pest Rabbits Monitoring and Control Good Practice Guidelines.

      Published 9 September 2008, Updated 21 November 2014 Referencing Hub articles