Collaboration results in flourishing wildlife on Antipodes Islands | WWF New Zealand

Collaboration results in flourishing wildlife on Antipodes Islands

Posted on
21 March 2018
Conservation history was made today with the announcement that introduced mice have successfully been eradicated from the Antipodes Islands. 

In a world-first, the collaborative partnership between the New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC), the Morgan Foundation, Island Conservation, WWF New Zealand and the New Zealand public means this precious nature reserve is now predator free.

WWF New Zealand CEO Livia Esterhazy said today:

"To have eradicated mice from the Antipodes Islands is the most incredible win for our environment. This means that the wildlife of this unique part of the world will have a chance to recover and thrive, and we are looking forward to seeing the islands flourish. WWF New Zealand would like to congratulate everyone involved: from Stephen Horn and the team through to the individuals who helped fund the project."

Livia continued:

"The success of the Million Dollar Mouse project has demonstrated that together, it is possible to take on massive environmental challenges such as pest eradication and win." 

Dr Morgan Williams, Chair of the WWF New Zealand Board of Directors elaborated:

“We need greater aspiration and innovation to ensure our natural habitats are resilient enough to ensure a future where we can live in harmony with nature. The success of the Million Dollar Mouse project is a demonstration of increased aspiration -  Kiwis pulling together to make the near impossible - possible. The planning, commitment and investment in this project shows the dedication to the task of creating pest-free reserves, and the support for the project confirms the undeniable passion we have for our environment. I am sure this new ‘whats possible’ standard will lead to even more audacious pest eradication projects.”

WWF New Zealand was involved in the Million Dollar Mouse project from the earliest opportunity. Work continues on a range of projects with partners around the country to create change in the New Zealand environment. 


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