To eliminate the introduced harmful species, environmentalists are organizing the world’s largest action involving a populated area on the southernmost island of New Zealand.

The Nature Conservation Research Institute in Manaaki Whenua has entered into a $2.8 million (HUF 1.12 billion) collaboration with Stewart Island’s animal protection organization (Rakiura in Maori), Predator Free Rakiura, to exterminate opossums, rats, feral cats and hedgehogs – he reports things local newspaper.

The project also includes research programs in which pest populations are investigated in order to understand how they can be controlled more effectively.

Located near the South Island, Rakiura covers nearly 180,000 hectares, has nearly four hundred permanent residents, and is visited by approximately 45,000 tourists annually. National parks, distinctive wildlife, dunes, and pristine freshwater ecosystems make the island valuable, and it’s also home to many endangered native species, including birds, geckos, and bats.

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The introduction of pests has dealt a major blow to sensitive plants and animals, including the flightless kiwi, which has become a national symbol, or the night parrot, the world’s heaviest and flightless parrot.

Rakura is currently in a buri state, or melancholy. The visitor may see the beautiful treasures on the surface, but the true strength (mana) and essence (mori) of the island will be known when as many native species inhabit the island as it was in the time of our ancestors, said Dean Wangham, freedom fighter and head of the organization. The Manaki Whenwa Research Institute wrote in a statement:

“What we’re learning here will help rid the entire country of predators.”

Similar looting was carried out all over the world, including on the island of South Georgia in the Atlantic Ocean, where the extermination of rats covered about 350 thousand hectares, but only 20-30 people lived in it. Although the rakura is smaller, its population is much larger, so this would be the world’s largest extermination of predators in a populated area, according to Chris Jones of the research institute.

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