Story: Acclimatisation

Kiore (Pacific rat) (2nd of 3)


Kiore (Pacific rats) were introduced to New Zealand by Polynesians around 1250–1300 CE. Kiore (second from right) are smaller than Norway rats (left) and ship or black rats (second from left) but larger than mice (right). Polynesians also introduced one other mammal – the kurī (dog).

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Carl Walrond, 'Acclimatisation - Improving upon nature', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 November 2023)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Nov 2008