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Media, Outreach, Resources

The best way to engage people in conservation is to empower them with knowledge.


For all of the organisations within the Cane Toad Coalition, engagement with the community and science communication is core business. Sydney University's research on Taste Aversion has received international media attention, but for the strategy to be successful, we need to educate and communicate with the public well. 

See below for media on our work, resources to download and opportunities to meet us.



Public outreach

We engage with schools, universities, indigenous communities, the general public and the media. We are dedicated not only to achieving conservation outcomes but also to education about Cane toads and other environmental issues.


Prof. Rick Shine's latest book 'Cane Toads Wars'

Rick's book chronicles the invader's history in Australia - the biology, the research, the politics!


It is available for purchase through select bookstores and HERE through the distributor - Footprint books.


See media for research related to the project including latest updates on research papers etc.

Watch a segment on the work at Oombulgurri with the Balanggarra Rangers covered on the 7:30 Report

Goanna write up in Australian Geographic

Goanna Taste Aversion work on the BBC world news 

Quoll trials on the ABC news 

Rick Shine being awarded the Prime Minister's prize for Science for his career with Australian reptiles and conservation

Latest review on integrated methodology for combating Cane toads

Resources to download

Click on pictures to access great Cane toad resources developed for many purposes

Booklet about the Goanna

Taste Aversion research

Cane toad detailed ID checklist

Cane toad management handbook for land managers/indigenous rangers

Cane toad detailed poster with euthanasia

Current Cane toad strategy

Western Australia

Brochure on toad ID

and humane euthanasia

For teachers: Curriculum-linked resources for primary school children (year 1-3). Devleoped by the WA government.

For teachers: Curriculum-linked resources for primary school children (year 4-6). Devleoped by the WA government.

Other Cane toad Research

Due to their environmental impacts and invasion history, Cane toads have attracted a lot of research attention. In addition to research conducted by the Shine lab at the University of Sydney, see below for CTA related research from other organisations (not directly involved in this project) or more general Cane toad research.

All Cane toad research from University of Sydney 

Research covering Cane toad physiology, ecology, impact and control categorised by year. Use the menu on the left to switch between categories. Links to scientific papers with a brief easy to understand summary of each. In particular:

CTA in Crocodiles

Conditioned Taste Aversion in Quolls

Research on CTA in Quolls led by Associate Professor Jonathon Webb at UTS.



Summation report for NESP project

'Toad smart' Quoll breeding and reintroductions

Research on quoll genetics, quoll behaviour and possibilities for reintroduction through selective breeding led by Associate Professor Ben Phillips  at Uni of Melbourne.

Quoll anti-predator behaviour - the key to a successful reintroduction

Reintroduction of quolls into Kakadu National Park

Breeding toad-smart quolls through targeted gene flow

Project Kimberley

Researchers Dr. Simon Clulow and Dr. Sean Doody conduct research on a variety of Kimberley based fauna, (notably goannas) and have demonstrated indirect cane toad impacts on lower food web levels after large goannas decline in ecosystems. 

Project Kimberley official website

Indirect impact of Cane toads through goanna declines

Interesting life history research on Yellow-spotted Monitors

Various researchers

A selection of researchers working on other aspects of the Cane toad problem.

Cane toad traps and acoustic signalling - Lynn Schwarzkopf

Invasion dynamics and hydric barriers - Reid Tingley

Encroachment into the arid zone and arid zone ecology - Mike Letnic

Community groups

Various community groups have been set up in response to public concern about the Cane toad invasion. They partake in various activities and educational experiences for the community and represent an important and valuable interface between science and the general public. Ideally, community groups, scientists and policymakers should work together to maximise their effectiveness in addressing the Cane toad issue.

Frog watch in the NT


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