Backpackers in Australia have a new way of earning visa points to extend their stay in the country: become a cane toad killer.
The Western Australian Government is asking backpackers to volunteer to battle the spread of cane toads, an invasive species that has become widespread across Australia’s tropical north and poses a threat to native animals.
Kimberley Toad Busters are recruiting backpackers from all over the world to catch large toads, net tadpoles and spray the species’ young.
Australian visa rules allow visitors on a 12-month ‘working holiday’ to extend their stay for a second year if they carry out approved work in certain areas of the country. Usually, this work includes labouring jobs such as fruit and vegetable picking on farms and orchards.
Now, it includes toad hunting in the northwest of Australia.
‘We offer toad busting volunteer hours to anyone in Australia doing volunteer hours for their second-year visa’ Kimberley Toad Busters president Lee Scott-Virtue told Daily Mail Australia.
Volunteers work for 7 hours a day and 60-80 hours in total to complete the program, which in turn gives them credits to stay in Australia.
Article was originally published by the Daily Mail.