Million Dollar Mouse

Eradicating mice from the Antipodes Islands

WWF-New Zealand is delighted to be a Million Dollar Mouse partner and believes this project will make a substantial contribution to the protection and preservation of the Antipodes amazing island habitat.

The Million Dollar Mouse project, recently launched by the Morgan Foundation, aims to raise $1 million to eradicate mice from the main Antipodes Island. WWF is one of the five supporting partners in this project, along with DoC, Fiordland Conservation Trust, Heritage Expeditions and Kiwibank. The Morgan Foundation will match public donations dollar for dollar to help raise the funds required.

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Antipodes Island / ©: Bob Zuur / WWF
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The Southern Ocean - a WWF conservation priority

WWF's vision is for the seas, islands and coasts of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean to be valued, understood, wisely used and protected. WWF believes that with adequate protection, we can create a future where much of this remarkable region is still in a pristine state.

The Antipodes Islands, 850kms southeast of New Zealand’s South Island, are one of several groups of subantarctic islands that have been termed the “Galapagos of the Antarctic” due to the number of different species of birds and invertebrates (such as weta and beetles) that have evolved into distinct species on many of these islands.

The Antipodes are ecological treasures home to unique wildlife such as the Antipodes albatross, the Antipodes Island snipe and the Antipodes and Reisheck’s parakeets. These rare and wonderful birds are found nowhere else in the world, and along with petrels, penguins, fur seals and many other species, use these islands to breed and feed.

Erect-crested penguins are among the diverse range of species found at the Antipodes Islands / ©: Bob Zuur / WWF
© Bob Zuur / WWF

Saving the native species of the Antipodes Islands

Erect-crested penguins are among the species that will be better protected as a result of the Million Dollar Mouse project. 

An environment under threat

The unique wildlife and habitat of the Antipodes Islands is under threat. While the first human hunters have largely gone – in the early 1800’s the islands had the reputation as one of the richest sealing grounds in the world, with whales and penguins also hunted for oil – their legacy remains in the form of pests, such as mice.

Mice are the only pest on the Antipodes Islands and are threatening this precious ecosystem by eating the eggs and chicks of seabirds, as well as insects and plant seeds that are a food source for native species and critical to the health of the islands.

Protecting biodiversity strongholds such as the Antipodes Island is a priority for WWF - safeguarding what is left and preventing further loss of species through extinction.

Albatross in flight / ©: Bob Zuur / WWF
© Bob Zuur / WWF

Sea bird conservation

The Antipodes Islands are home to sea birds such as the black-browed albatross. Eradicting mice from their habitat will help ensure their survival. 

How you can help

Million Dollar Mouse is an inspiring project aiming to protect this important ecosystem, currently at risk if the mice are not removed. And you can be part of it. 

Eradicating mice from the island is an achievable way to ensure this island and the native species that call it home are preserved. WWF was involved in the major eradication of rabbits from Macquarie Island, along with the Australian Government and many other partners, and believes that this project can be equally effective.

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Become a Million Dollar Mouse major donor

Are you interested in pledging a major gift for Million Dollar Mouse?

You can talk to Matthew Reweti, WWF-New Zealand’s fundraising manager, in confidence about pledging a major gift to Million Dollar Mouse and how it can be matched by the Morgan Foundation.

Please contact Matt on 0800-435-7993 or by email