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Predator Free success on Antipodes Island

Predator Free success on Antipodes Island

National’s Conservation Spokesperson Sarah Dowie welcomes the eradication of mice and other predators from Antipodes Island in New Zealand's remote subantarctic waters.

“As we approach two years since the previous Government committed to the ambitious plan of a Predator Free New Zealand by 2050, Antipodes Island has been cleared of its 200,000-strong mouse population.

“This marks a significant milestone on our way to becoming Predator Free. I want to congratulate the Department of Conservation for successfully eradicating all mice on the island, making it a place where several endangered species can now thrive.

“This success will make a tangible difference for the many birds and insects that live on the remote island, such as the Antipodean wandering albatross and erect-crested penguin.

“Predator Free 2050 is the most important conservation project in the history of New Zealand and will help us achieve something that was once thought impossible.

“Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage must enable the momentum of Predator Free 2050 to continue. Our wildlife populations depend on it.”

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