Story: Natural environment

Predators (1st of 3)


The ship or common rat (Rattus rattus) is one of the three rat species in New Zealand. Introduced by Europeans, it has decimated native birds and insects. A good tree-climber, it eats eggs, young birds and a wide range of native fruits and plants. The Department of Conservation has managed to eradicate this pest on some small offshore islands, allowing bird and animal life there to recover.

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Carl Walrond, 'Natural environment - Fauna', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 December 2023)

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