Invasive species fact sheet
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, 2011
Product code: BIO149.0610
About the fact sheet
Australia has an estimated 400 000 feral horses and millions of feral donkeys, mainly in central and northern Australia. Both species cause erosion, spread weeds and compete for pasture with native animals and livestock. Feral horses pose a particularly complex management problem because they can have economic and cultural value, and debate continues about the best way to manage their populations in Australia.