Story: Extinctions

Spread of Pacific rats

The arrival of the kiore or Pacific rat with the first humans had a devastating effect on New Zealand’s small, ground-dwelling animals. This video clip shows how the kiore population quickly spread in the forest.

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Richard Holdaway, 'Extinctions - Extinctions in the human era', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/13657/spread-of-pacific-rats (accessed 17 September 2021)

Story by Richard Holdaway, published 24 Sep 2007