Zero Invasive Predators
This week past the NEXT Foundation of New Zealand made the major announcement of start-up funding for a company named ZIP. Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP) aims to regenerate our native birdlife by transforming the way invasive predators are managed on mainland New Zealand. On small islands (in the range of 10,000 hectares) we have the amazing ability, and luxury, to be able to remove all of an invasive predator species using targeted eradication methodologies, and then manage reinvasion at near-zero leveraging the strong deterrent of surrounding waters acting as a barrier. On the ‘mainland’, or equivalently very large islands, this is not possible, and true eradication of predators has never been possible as they rapidly re-invade from nearby connected areas in a sort of ‘vacuum effect‘ from the gap left by their predecessors. The ZIP company is an exciting step-forward for conservation in New Zealand, because it will be able to combine many different lines of already active research and development and enhance their overall impacts.