The Guardian’s Jeremy Hanse travelled to New Zealand to cover a story about an innovative and ambitious undertaking by Rotoroa Island and the Auckland Zoo to ‘turn tiny New Zealand island into bold wildlife experiment.’ He talks about the big things happening on Rotoroa Island and the a new sanctuary for endangered species that aims to create a whole new ecosystem.
“Across most of our planet, truly wild, unmanaged places are a thing of the past. Human activity has altered landscapes and ecosystems to a point where intervention is necessary if we are to maintain biodiversity and sustain a healthy planet,” said Onnie Byers, the chair of the Conservation Breeding Specialist Group, which is playing an advisory role to the project. “To make a meaningful contribution to the long-term conservation of biodiversity we need to explore new ways of integrating across the spectrum of management from wild to captive. This project does just that.”
Read the Guardian’s full article here – http://www.theguardian.com/environment/radical-conservation/2015/apr/21/rotoroa-new-zealand-birds-wildlife-rewilding