Story: Conservation – a history

Rats (1st of 4)

Rats

A plague of rats on Big South Cape Island in 1964 was responsible for the extinction of several rare bird species. These rats were trapped and killed in a single night.

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Photograph by J. D. O'Brien

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Simon Nathan, 'Conservation – a history - Saving native birds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/13930/rats (accessed 24 September 2021)

Story by Simon Nathan, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 3 Aug 2015