Story: Human effects on the environment

Kiore (Pacific rat)

Kiore (Pacific rat)

Kiore, the Pacific rat (Rattus exulans), was introduced to New Zealand by the earliest Polynesian settlers. It had an immediate effect on the populations of small birds and other small animals, and was responsible for the extinction of a number of species.

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Photograph by Dick Veitch

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Janet Wilmshurst, 'Human effects on the environment - Early human impact', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/12531/kiore-pacific-rat (accessed 9 July 2020)

Story by Janet Wilmshurst, published 24 Sep 2007