The future depends on what you do today.
‘Aotearoa (New Zealand) is home to many unique and ancient species of birds, frogs, lizards and plants. Our biodiversity is so distinct because we have been geologically isolated for 85 million years, since splitting from the supercontinent of Gondwana.’
‘Many of our species are found nowhere else on Earth and this isolation also makes them vulnerable to introduced predators such as rats, stoats, cats and possums.’
‘Making NZ predator free by 2050 will allow our native wildlife to flourish once more.’
‘This aspirational vision focuses on the complete removal of rats, stoats, and possums. Though other introduced predators also have an impact on our native flora and fauna, these three have been identified as the most damaging introduced mammalian predators to our natural taonga (treasures).’
‘Innovative traps, irresistible baits, new techniques for eradicating rodents from islands and for keeping mainland sanctuaries predator-free – New Zealand’s scientific community are leading the way in these fields and more.’
‘The Predator Free movement is sweeping the country as people realise we’re the last generation that can save our unique native bird, bat and insect species before they’re devastated by introduced predators.’
‘By working together we can all play a part in slowing down the impact of introduced predators on our native species. Join the movement to protect New Zealand’s unique environment for generations to come.’
Text, other than the photograph captions, is from the Predator Free website.
Thanks to Ann-Christine for setting the challenge this week and giving me the opportunity to tell you about the vision for the future of New Zealand’s natural environment.