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Takahē Conservation
March 16, 2012

Takahē, the largest living member of the rail family, was once thought to be extinct. Then, in 1948 a few pairs were rediscovered in the alpine tussock grasslands of the Murchison Mountains, Fiordland. This picture was taken in Zealandia, a fenced sanctuary outside of Wellington. (more...)

tags: Conservation Biology, Field trip Wellington

location: Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

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Brushtail Possum Control
January 19, 2012

Within the Eastbourne mainland island, many trees have sheets of aluminum wrapped around their trunk. These sheets are used to keep climbing pest mammals out of the trees. In the Eastbourne area, Brushtail possums pose the largest threat of all introduced mammals to native fauna and flora species. (more...)

tags: Conservation Biology, Field trip Wellington

location: Eastbourne, Wellington, New Zealand

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Eastbourne Rat Control
January 19, 2012

Throughout Eastbourne there are many different kinds of lethal traps set to control introduced mammals. The traps give the pest animals an incentive to enter, such as a tasty meal, where the animal is then killed. Leg hold traps are no longer used in the Eastbourne area, because although they are very effective, they have been deemed unethical since they do not kill the animal immediately. In the Eastbourne area introduced rats have become a large problem. (more...)

tags: Conservation Biology, Field trip Wellington

location: Wainuiomata, Wellington, New Zealand

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