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Monday, March 10, 2008

Endangered Fijian ground frog being saved by NZ conservation...










Endangered Fijian ground frog being saved by NZ conservation...

The endangered Fijian ground frog is being saved from extinction on the island of Viwa thanks to the efforts of New Zealand conservation knowledge.

The eradication of cats,dogs,and rats from Viwa, the smallest of the five islands that are home to the Fijian ground frog, is the first stage of a project to remove introduced pests to stop the extinction of the protected amphibian.

Residents have been regularly refilling more than 1200 bait stations, and recording the decline of bait-take and rat numbers on this Pacific island.

The Pacific Invasives Initiative (PII)based at the University of Auckland,aims to eradicate invasive species from Pacific Islands where indigenous species are threatened and livlihoods are affected.

The New Zealand initiative provides support and education for local community groups to manage invasive species.Provided pest species can be stopped from re-invading - the area will benefit from improved water and increased crop yields.

The lessons learned on Viwa are an important step towards conservation goals across the Pacific region to ensure the survival of threatened species and improve the livelihood of local residents.

The New Zealand conservation department supports conservation measures throughout the Pacific region.








Contributor's Note
Another successful NZ initiative in conservation

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1 Comments:

At May 24, 2009 at 5:27 PM , Blogger Tamara said...

As someone who has been actively involved in both field and lab based studies of the Fiji frogs, you may take it from someone with world's more experience and knowledge than either the author or the source of information for this inane blog post, the ground frog is not in imminent danger of going extinct. In fact a recent discovery of a population of ground frogs on Viti Levu suggest that it is NOT extirpated from the largest island in the Fiji group. That it maintains a population in the transitional wet-dry forest in the Nakauvadra range, suggests that this species is more adaptable to changing forest patterns than previously thought. I suggest both the author and source of information actually conduct field surveys in more than one 0.6ha site!

 

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