Approximately 2,700 species are threatened in New Zealand. One way to protect our native wildlife is to create sanctuaries. The first New Zealand sanctuaries were offshore islands. Over time pests like rats, possums, wild cats and livestock were eradicated from these islands and they became home to plants and animals that were endangered on the mainland. More recently a number of sanctuaries have been built on New Zealand’s mainland. One of the first was Zealandia. Formally called the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, it is just minutes from downtown Wellington.
Why do you think the rat stoat and cat are unhappy about the Karori Wildlife sanctuary? What protects native species in a mainland sanctuary and why?
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