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Native’s not always good and exotic’s not all bad – Wayne Linklater

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on March 3rd, 2017.

On World Wildlife Day, Victoria University of Wellington’s Dr Wayne Linklater writes in the Dominion Post about his thoughts on the “native good, exotic bad” message. An excerpt (read in full): I don’t like my children being provoked to kill for conservation. And I don’t like them being taught to demonise an entire species of animal, […]

UPDATED: National cat management strategy launches – Expert reaction

Peter Griffin posted in on September 21st, 2016.

Animal welfare and conservation groups will jointly launch a plan for cats, addressing impacts on wildlife and cat owners. The National Cat Management Strategy calls for nationwide mandatory microchipping and desexing of domestic cats when ownership is transferred as part of an increased focus on responsible pet ownership. It also proposes ways to manage stray […]

The business of wildlife conservation – Wayne Linklater

John Kerr posted in on March 3rd, 2015.

Writing in the Dominion Post, Victoria University Wellington Associate Professor of Conservation Science Wayne Linklater looks at the economics of our native wildlife, saying “Wildlife conservation should not be a charity but a business.” An excerpt (read in full here): The benefits of rent-a-kakapo New Zealand’s wildlife – whales, dolphins, red deer, tahr, albatross, kiwi, […]

Updated: Cats’ impact on native wildlife – Experts respond

John Kerr posted in on January 23rd, 2013.

A campaign launched by economist Gareth Morgan to raise awareness about the impact of cats on native wildlife has elicited a range of opinions, but what does the evidence say? This week , Dr Morgan launched the Cats-to-go campaign, calling for further efforts to prevent cats killing native birds. Recommendations included: affixing bells to collars, keeping cats […]

Cafe Scientifique covers Rena spill

John Kerr posted in on November 30th, 2011.

The Rena grounding was the focus of a night of informal talks from experts at a cafe in Tauranga this month, bringing the science of the recovery effort to the people. Three experts spoke earlier this month at a Cafe Scientifique gathering in Tauranga, the epicenter of the Rena recovery. Cafe Scientifique is an international […]

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Queensland floods: the aftermath – experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on January 14th, 2011.

Our colleagues at the Australian Science Media Centre have released the following expert commentary on the aftermath of the Queensland floods. Journalists requiring assistance in tracking down Australia-based experts on the floods, please contact the Australian Science Media Centre on +61 8 7120 8666. ———– Professor Beverley Raphael is from the University of Western Sydney’s […]

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