ONLY WHEN WE UNDERSTAND CAN WE CARE. ONLY WHEN WE CARE WILL WE HELP. WITHOUT OUR HELP THE KIWI IS LOST.

Predator Control

New Zealand has been geographically separated from other land masses for over 80 million years and, with the absence of land mammals, our native wildlife has evolved in isolation.

When Europeans arrived they introduced animals which later became pests and predators. These  took a serious toll on the native plants, birds, reptiles and invertebrates, who were ill-equipped to deal with such a threat.

Controlling pests is essential for the survival of New Zealand's  plant and animal species.


 
  • 9 out of every 10 kiwi chicks born in the wild will die before they reach breeding age without predator control.
 
  • Up to 70% of kiwi chicks survive to breeding age in areas that have predator control. 
 
New Zealand Conservation Trust's Predator Control Project

The Trust has an extensive trapping programme consisting of 400 DOC200 double traps placed in the Craigieburn Forest Park, Castle Hill, Broken River and Bealey Spur.

As at 2014 there have been over 1000 predators caught in these traps, the majority of those being stoats.
These traps are instrumental in protecting native wildlife from predators such as stoats, ferrets, weasels, rats and hedgehogs.

A number of dedicated volunteers from the Trust as well as volunteers from the Canterbury Environment Trust give up their free time to check, clear and reset the traps.



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