Like the possum, deer were only one of a large number of animals imported to New Zealand. In fact in the 19th century there was a huge effort through Acclimatisation societies to import animals into New Zealand from around the world. The main reasons for this included hunting, control of pests and familiarity. Settlers wanted animals they were familiar with in Europe, Britian and America like sparrows, rabbits, and deer. However, many of these animals have subsequently had a devastating impact on New Zealand’s environment.
Some animals that were considered for New Zealand were impala, springbok, blue wildebeest and ibex. What are these animals?
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