Rangeland degradation due to feral goats and rabbits

This image was taken at Weekeroo Station, South Australia. The three main trunks of an almost-dead mulga (Acacia aneura) rest on the ground in the foreground, with two of them disappearing out of the frame on the right hand side of the photo. Growing up through the mulga is a skinny-stemmed narrow-leaved fuschia-bush (Eremophila alternifolia) that has been browsed by feral goats up to 1.8 metres off the ground, leaving only a small tuft of leaves at the top silhouetted against the sky. If it had been any smaller when the goats arrived, it would have been killed. A grove of bright light green bullock bush or rosewood (Alectryon oleifolius) can be seen in the middle distance, also browsed by feral goats to 1.8 metres off the ground. Behind them, and also on the left of the photo, are scattered mallee (Eucalyptus spp.), which are only lightly grazed. Note the absence of any regenerating trees or shrubs in the fore- and mid-ground of the picture, a symptom of overgrazing by domestic sheep, feral goats and wild rabbits.

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Author Dr. Robert Henzell
Secondary Author Robert Henzell
Date null
Year 1996
Secondary title Henzell28.jpg
Edition Jpeg
Place published Image Location
Institution Animal and Plant Control Group, SA
Pages 300 dpi
Notes Notes
Region SA