Hey Trevor, the moa's not a goer but what about the kiwi?
Hey Trevor, the moa's not a goer but what about the
While Labour MP Trevor Mallard's recent
suggestion to embrace scientific advances and resurrect the
moa doesn't look like a goer, it raises serious questions
about what is being done to save other native species
threatened with extinction.
The kiwis is one of those
threatened species, with 95% of kiwi chicks killed in the
wild in their first year. In unprotected areas, kiwi are
threatened by a myriad of threats, including predators such
as stoats, possums, wild cats and dogs, and loss of habitat.
At least 20% of kiwi need to survive in order for the
population to grow. This means that if we do nothing, we
could lose our kiwi from the mainland of New Zealand in our
We need your help to keep kiwi alive. Click here now to donate and sign our petition for Trevor Mallard,
reminding him that there are plenty of endangered species
still alive and kicking who could do with his support,
rather than the moa.
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