Electric ants are now spreading in the Daintree Rainforest. If they are not eliminated, they will cause enormous economic and environmental damage.

The Daintree Rainforest must be protected from the invasion of electric ants. Urgent action is needed now.

Control of the first outbreak of electric ants (October 2022) failed and now a second larger outbreak has occurred. Since January 2024, three infestations have been found at locations between the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation. This has created an emergency situation requiring an urgent response.

Add your voice to help us call on the Federal Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek to take urgent action and increase funding to eliminate electric ants in the Daintree. 


Letter

The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, Australian Government Minister for the Environment

We, the undersigned, call on the Australian Government to significantly increase funding and work with other stakeholders to eliminate electric ants from the Daintree Rainforest. 

The Daintree Lowland Rainforest is a place of extraordinary scientific, biological cultural values that are irreplaceable. It is a foundation of the regional economy and an icon that Australians want to be protected. 

Electric ants are one of the world’s worst invasive species that can seriously impact the environment, wildlife, agriculture, tourism, development, and residential lifestyles. They are known to affect human health, blind domestic pets, and displace native wildlife.

At risk is a thriving tourism economy founded on conservation and presentation of the Daintree Lowland Rainforest, the oldest rainforest on the planet, with an unbroken evolutionary history going back over 120 million years.

This is a risk we cannot afford to take.  

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