5 Simple Ways to Protect New Zealand’s Native Wildlife and Natural Habitats from Invasive Species and Diseases
Invasive species and diseases are a major threat to New Zealand’s native wildlife and natural habitats. Here are five simple ways you can help protect our unique environment:
1. Be a bio-security warrior
You can help protect our environment by being vigilant and taking action to prevent the spread of invasive species and diseases. You can do this by:
– Checking your gear, clothing and shoes for dirt, seeds and other potential contaminants before you enter a conservation area.
– Washing your gear, clothing and shoes with hot water and detergent before you leave a conservation area.
– Keeping to designated tracks and areas when you’re in a conservation area.
2. Dispose of waste properly
Make sure you dispose of all your rubbish, including food scraps, in bins provided. Don’t leave anything behind – not even fruit peelings or cigarette butts.
3. Be a responsible pet owner
Keep your pets under control at all times and on a leash in conservation areas. Make sure they’re up to date with their vaccinations and parasite control treatments. Never release pet fish into waterways.
4. Report sightings
If you see an animal or plant that you think might be an invasive species, report it to the Department of Conservation or your regional council.
5. Get involved
There are lots of ways you can get involved in protecting New Zealand’s environment, including volunteering for a conservation organisation, joining a community group, or taking part in a citizen science project.