Once introduced predators are removed from a defined area, how can they be prevented from reinvading and re-establishing a population?
The use of a variety of barriers — both natural and ‘virtual’ — along with sensitive detection and response tools are all options being explored by Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP).
ZIP was established to develop innovative technologies that completely remove rats, possums and stoats from large mainland areas and then defend those areas from reinvasion. A model they call Remove and Protect.
Phil Bell, ZIP’s Innovation Director, discusses some of the tools and technologies they have been exploring to defend an area from reinvasion.