Story: Rabbits

First plague of rabbits

First plague of rabbits

This map shows the known sites in the South Island where rabbits were liberated, and the timing of their spread inland in the first plague of rabbits, from the early 1870s. Most of central Canterbury was not affected by this first plague – but rabbits later spread across the entire eastern side of the country.

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Reference: K. A. Wodzicki, Introduced mammals of New Zealand : an ecological and economic survey. Wellington: Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, 1950, p. 108

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Source: K. A. Wodzicki, Introduced mammals of New Zealand: an ecological and economic survey. Wellington: Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, 1950, p. 108

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Robert Peden, 'Rabbits - The spread of rabbits in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/map/15247/first-plague-of-rabbits (accessed 20 October 2017)

Story by Robert Peden, published 24 Nov 2008