We have pulled together a collection of presentations and facts to share with the class about NZ’s wildlife including a video on why we need to make NZ predator free, facts about rats, stoats and possums and real video footage showing their impact on our native species plus how to trap, where birds dine and much more…
- Rat — they have starred or appeared in over 400 films and close to one hundred television series – but they’re prime-time villains in the story of New Zealand’s forests.
- Possum — they have thick, soft fur. In 1837 some of New Zealand’s early settlers decided it would be good to start a fur industry, so they brought Australian possums to New Zealand.
- Stoat —they were introduced to New Zealand in the 1884 to control rabbits and hares. Scientists and bird-lovers warned that they would be a danger to our native birds, but their warnings were ignored.
- Ferret — the first 5 ferrets were brought to New Zealand in 1879 to get rid of rabbits. Rabbits are their favourite food. From 1882-1883 there were 32 shipments of ferrets from London to New Zealand with about 700 ferrets released.
- Weasel — weasels are the world’s smallest carnivores.
- Mohua — the mohua, or yellowhead, is a small bird with a bright yellow head and breast. Early settlers called it the ‘bush canary’ because of its colour and beautiful song.
- Who’s that animal pest? — there’s a mystery to be solved. This presentation from DOC provides signs and descriptions of pests – the ‘clues’ you need to identify the animal involved.
- Methods of predator control — this Science Learning Hub presentation allows students to consider some of the pros and cons of various methods of predator control in NZ. What’s good? What’s not? What do you think about the different methods and issues involved.
- Tawaki, Marathon Penguins — researches have been studying the tawaki (Fiordland Crested Penguin), one of the world’s rarest penguins. Their findings have been summarised and presented in a clever cartoon by Giselle Clarkson.
- Why New Zealand needs predator control — why it is necessary and how you can be part of the Predator Free 2050 vision.
- Can we achieve a predator free New Zealand? If you look at New Zealand’s history, it becomes very obvious how good we are at eradicating introduced predators from off-shore islands. Who’s to say we can’t get rid of predators from Stewart Island by 2020? Or even better – a Predator Free New Zealand by 2050!
- Follow young robin on an exciting journey through the forest to find a protected area. This video has been created by Squawk Squad and there is a te reo Māori version too.
- Join Adi and Gina as they bust out of their bedrooms and go on adventures with Aotearoa’s wild peeps. View the following episodes: EP 1: Richie McCaw and the orange fronted parakeet, EP 2: Polhill Reserve in Wellington and why they are making the area predator free, EP 3: Robbie the rat catcher from Goodnature— he’s designed a rat trap here in NZ.
- Kiwi Kids on saving the Kiwi
- Bat hunt with Ben Paris (aka NZ Bat Man)
- Kids from Dawson Primary design a weta house
- Kiwi fights off possum
- You will be shocked to see who our native icon, the kiwi, has as a neighbour
- Stoats raiding a rock wren nest
- Backyard trapping video
- Macleans College Enviro Group share their rat catching journey.
- Where do birds feed? A short video by Landcare Research Ltd showing where different native birds like to feed.
- Is it a good idea to feed birds bread? A short video by Landcare Research Ltd.
Check out our other resources in the schools section.