Tagged: invasive mammals

Island focus to reduce extinction - News

Guest Author Apr 04, 2019

Erin Maessen Focusing conservation efforts on 169 islands, including five in New Zealand, could help to combat the global extinction crisis. This is according to the findings of a collaborative study between forty institutions, including universities and conservation organisations, published in PLOS ONE last week. The researchers combined conservation benefit with feasibility to assess 1,279 islands worldwide, whittling … Read More

Predator Free 2050: What are the target species? - So Shoot Me

Jamie Steer Jan 14, 2019

Answer: It’s not clear. Ambiguity over target species is counterproductive, both to the goal itself, and to the public’s ability to understand and monitor progress towards it. On 26 July 2016 the then National Government announced a plan to eradicate all of New Zealand’s rats, stoats and possums by 2050. The decision – including the species to be … Read More

Reply to the Threatened Species Ambassador - So Shoot Me

Jamie Steer Feb 21, 2018

In a recent article in The Spinoff, the Department of Conservation’s Threatened Species Ambassador Nicola Toki makes three arguments. First, that native species and introduced predators in New Zealand cannot co-exist. Second, that conservation should be undertaken not only in sanctuaries, but also on private land. And third, that it is the indigenous subset of our biodiversity that fundamentally … Read More

Unexpected animal encounters in the mountains - Guest Work

Laura Young Apr 13, 2016

I’ll never forget going hunting in the mountain ranges between Lewis Pass and the St James, glassing the tops for red deer and chamois, when through the corner of my binoculars I caught a glimpse of a bunch of slow-moving, large animals. For a moment, I thought I had gotten onto the biggest mob of deer I’d ever seen (hunted … Read More