Invasive Predators in New Zealand

A new book has been published that outlines the impact of invasive predators on the flora and fauna of Aotearoa.

Te Aka Mātuatua School of Science

Image not foundThis new book provides invaluable reference material on predator ecology, written in an accessible manner for the general public. Through education, it is hoped that we can reverse our longest-running national crisis.

Professor Kim King has published a comprehensive new book, Invasive Predators in New Zealand: Disaster on Four Small Paws, which outlines the impact of invasive predators in Aotearoa.

The story of invasive species in New Zealand is unlike any other in the world. By the mid-thirteenth century, the main islands of the country were the last large landmasses on Earth to remain uninhabited by humans, or any other land mammals. New Zealand’s endemic fauna evolved in isolation until first Polynesians, and then Europeans, arrived with a host of companion animals such as rats and cats in tow. Well-equipped with teeth and claws, these small furry mammals, along with the later arrival of stoats and ferrets, have devastated the fragile populations of unique birds, lizards and insects.

This book brings together the necessary historical analysis and recent ecological research to understand this long, slow tragedy. As a comprehensive historical perspective on the fate of an iconic endemic fauna, this book offers much-needed insight into one of New Zealand’s longest-running national crises.

Purchase a copy of the ebook Invasive Predators in New Zealand: Disaster on Four Small Paws

Professor Carolyn (Kim) King

Emeritus Professor

My research speciality is the ecology of invasive mustelids and rodents. Management of these serious conservation pests is a very high priority in New Zealand, but before we can control any population artificially we need to know what controls it naturally. My work aims to research the background information needed by conservation managers to formulat…