What are Pests?
Pests are species that have been accidentally or intentionally introduced to New Zealand that threaten the health of our native ecosystems. Their presence can cause catastrophic effects on the native environment, including preying on and competing with native species, and spreading disease to an already vulnerable ecosystem.
The Wakatipu Wildlife Trust concentrates on eradicating possums, rats, mice, and stoats. In order to protect native species, humane trapping is the primary mode of predator control.
Native Birds, Plants, & Species at Risk
New Zealand's historical isolation from other land masses has resulted in some of the world's rarest and unique bird, reptilian and plant life. From the mischievous kea to the delightfully musical bellbird, these species regularly inspire wonder and are critical to New Zealand's magnificent natural environment. Unfortunately, due to their isolation from predators before pests were introduced, New Zealand species also lack the defense mechanisms to avoid predators, becoming easy prey for pests to devastating effect.
To learn more about New Zealand's incredible native animals, see these great guides from The Department of Conservation.
The Wakatipu Wildlife Trust is a collective of community environmental groups around the greater Lake Wakatipu area, working together towards creating a predator-free environment to enable our birds and other native wildlife to flourish.
There are many ways to help - join us in the fight for the conservation of this beautiful ecosystem!