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Tuesday, 26 July 2016 - 15:49
New Zealand Aims To Become Predator-Free By 2050
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New Zealand has set a goal of eradicating all non-native predators within 35 years in order to protect the country's indigenous wildlife.

The clock is ticking for stoats, rats and possums, as Prime Minister John Key wants "every single part" of New Zealand to be free of the creatures by 2050, the New Zealand Herald reports. Mr Key says the animals kill 25 million native birds each year, and getting rid of them will be "the most ambitious conservation project attempted anywhere in the world".

Feral cats are also in the government's sights, but pets - including Mr Key's own moggy, Moonbeam - aren't at risk.

The government is set to invest NZ$28m (US$19.5m; £15m) in a new company, Predator Free New Zealand Ltd, and wants the private sector to provide financial support.



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