Story: Conservation – a history

Rats (1st of 4)


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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Simon Nathan, 'Conservation – a history - Saving native birds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 April 2024)

Story by Simon Nathan, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Aug 2015