Feathers or Fur?
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Unlike almost all other countries, New Zealand has only 1 native land mammal (bats), but we have 14 introduced, highly destructive mammalian pests.
Our unique native birds and plants evolved in isolation over 80 million years with no browsing or predatory animals. Many of our birds were flightless ground-nesters and were utterly defenceless. Many were wiped out completely, and even today, despite much greater public awareness and huge effort to control pests, 2,700 species of NZ animals and plants are identified as at risk of extinction.
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