Applidyne Director Paul van de Loo has appeared on Adelaide Channel Nine News demonstrating one of Applidyne’s more recent projects, the Ecological Horizons ‘Cat grooming trap’ to the Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt and Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews.
Feral cats are the greatest threat to native wildlife in Australia. They have been implicated in at least 27 mammal extinctions across Australia and currently threaten more than 100 native species, including mammals, lizards and ground nesting birds.
Feral cats are notoriously difficult to control as they are reluctant to take baits or enter traps, particularly when prey, such as small native mammals, are abundant. All cats are fastidious cleaners that groom regularly. Ecological Horizons came up with the idea of targeting the natural grooming behaviour of the cat and approached Applidyne to help make the idea a reality.
After 18 months of research and development Applidyne recently delivered five grooming traps to Ecological Horizons who will now commence testing in a number of National Parks with known feral cat populations.
For more information on Ecological Horizons and the grooming trap visit www.ecologicalhorizons.com.