New Zealand's unique wildlife

New Zealand has been geographically separated from other land masses for over 80 million years, so our native wildlife has evolved in isolation and in the absence of land mammals.

Intoduced predators are killing our native species

When pests and predators were introduced they took a serious toll on the survival of our native plants, birds, reptiles and invertebrates, who were ill equipped to deal with the threat.

Pests such as possums, rats and stoats compete with our native birdlife for food and habitat. They also eat the eggs and young and attack the adults.

Find out about New Zealand's animal pests

Graphic showing 9 out of 10 kiwi chicks in the wild will die before they reach breeding age without predator control.

Pest control protects our native species

Controlling pests is essential for the survival of New Zealand’s special native plants and animals.
It’s also vital to our tourism industry, and economy (possums infected with Bovine tuberculosis (TB) threaten New Zealand's milk and meat exports).

Find out about pest control methods including 1080 pest control.

Pesticide summaries are regularly updated lists of animal pest operations using pesticides that occur on lands managed or administered by DOC.

Kiwi chicks killed by stoats. Photo: Tristen Tuckey, Blue Orb Charitable Trust blueorb.org.
Kiwi chicks killed by stoats. Stoats are major killers of kiwi.