This cuddly little creature is unfortunately a big threat to NZ wildlife. Like most introduced species it thrives where the native species dwindle . So Possums eat the food native species want , outbreed native species , have no predators and in the NZ species have become carnivorous eating young chicks. Introduced by two New Zealanders to start (unsuccessfully) fur farming there are now an estimated 80 million . The conservationist said as a conservationist I don't like to see any species killed but sadly every time you buy something made of possum fur you are helping the indigenous species
Friday, 27 January 2017
Pretty much any native New Zealand species is endangered , critically endangered or extinct . Tuatara are the last of a line that go back 200 million years and which live 150 years or more , nobody know because nobody has outlived then to find out, The one in Invercargill is at least 150 years old and still breeding (hope springs eternal) his girlfriends are mere striplings at 90 years. The kiwi is threatened by all the predators that have been introduced to NZ , possums , cats , dogs , rats etc. Its the chicks that are most at risk . In the wild only 4% survive so conservationist collect the eggs , rear the chicks until the bird is big enough to fight off predators and this way the survival rate increase to 65%.
Sunday, 22 January 2017
There is more snow on the ski slopes now than in the ski season . By the by the crime rate increases in the ski season , strangely , backpackers tend to be harmless looking for the odd freebie but the ski bums cuase problems with fights in bars , theft from cars and breaking into holiday homes which the use and trash
Like most photos this doesn't really show the slope in this room . It is disorientating and can make you nauseous . The slope is such that billiard balls and sliding chairs appear to defy gravity
giant sculpture of the vase and faces image
This is part of the Maze