“I know that they’re not very nice animals and they are an invasive species but it’s not their fault they are here; they were put here by us and they are walking around the planet trying to survive, just as anything else.” So says Emily Vincent about the cane toad, which is one of the curses of Queensland, Australia.
She is invasive species manager for Watergum, a not-for-profit organisation that does a lot of incredibly useful work in protecting waterways and stuff. For example, they have a platypus-monitoring program. If you live outside Australia and spot a platypus beyond the borders of a zoo, they will surely want to know. Well, they want to know even if it is within Australia.
This organisation has just started distributing a device for humanely reducing the number of cane toads. You can read about that here.