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