Story: Conservation – a history

Stead’s bush wren (4th of 4)

Stead’s bush wren

After rats invaded Big South Cape Island in 1964, the rare Stead’s bush wren became threatened. Specimens were transferred to nearby rat-free islands, but they did not breed there. The wren is now believed to be extinct.

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Simon Nathan, 'Conservation – a history - Saving native birds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 April 2024)

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