Zoo and Rotoroa wildlife plan launched
15th November 2013
A draft plan for the reintroduction of native species on Rotoroa
was presented to the island's working group last month.
The plan outlines not only animals identified as suitable for
establishing on Rotoroa, but strategic thinking around the model of
wildlife management the plan proposes. The aim is for Rotoroa to
become an internationally significant model of conservation
Project leader from Auckland Zoo, Ian Fraser said the selection
of species will not be restricted to those known to have previously
occurred on the island. "Species have been
selected based largely on their ability to contribute to
the overall environmental education and conservation advocacy
aims of the project, not simply on whether or not they were on the
island a thousand years ago."
The island will be a place where various wildlife
management techniques are employed and demonstrated to visitors.
This includes provision of nesting boxes, feeding stations and
artificial refuges for reptiles and invertebrates to help protect
them from weka and other native predators.
"The wildlife management strategy envisages long-term and
ongoing management to sustain an island ecosystem abundantly
representative of New Zealand's biological diversity," says Ian
Between 2014 and 2017 it is hoped that a range of animals will
be introduced to the island, including kiwi, takahe, tuatara, giant
weta and geckos.