Story: Canterbury region

Introduced animals

Introduced animals

The Canterbury Acclimatisation Society was founded in 1864 and introduced fish and animals to Canterbury to provide sport for fishermen and hunters. Some species became pests, damaging native vegetation and displacing indigenous species. Other animals were introduced by accident or ‘invaded’ from other regions. This table lists species introduced to Canterbury before and after 1860.

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John Wilson, 'Canterbury region - Plants, animals and conservation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 July 2024)

Story by John Wilson, reviewed & revised 6 Jul 2015