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We’ve got the highest rate of threatened species in the world. Literally billions of stoats, possums and rats are roaming our country killing, the Department of Conservation estimates, 25 million birds alone each year. If we don’t do something to stop them now, our kids will never get to experience the unique environment we have. That’s why we're proud to partner with DOC and support Predator Free 2050, an ambitious goal to rid New Zealand of the most damaging introduced predators that threaten our nation’s natural taonga.
Starting in 2016, we've been teaming up with the Department of Conservation to support the Conservation Dogs Programme.
Three years on, we've gone from proving a pilot programme to supporting a consistent, professional and effective team across the country to help ensure the survival of our most precious native taonga.
In total, we fund a Senior Ranger, Species Detection Dogs and four pest detection dog handlers. The handlers are located in Wellington, Auckland, Whitianga and Whangarei. While we’ve only been supporting this programme for two years, well trained dog-handler teams have been used for conservation for more than 40 years.
The Conservation Dogs and their talented handlers are active all over New Zealand. You might be lucky enough to meet them at wharves, ferry terminals, island and mainland sanctuaries, in the national parks or perhaps even at your local Kiwibank branch so keep an eye out.