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Published: 2002-11-27 00:00:00

The Otorohanga Zoological Society has been granted $6,000 from Environment Waikato to educate people about the effects of animals that prey on our native birds.

The proposal is in partnership with the University of Waikato’s Biological Sciences Department.

The University has extensive information about the behaviour of mustelids – predators like weasels, stoats and ferrets – and the society wants this information alongside the display of live native birds in Otorohanga's Kiwi House.

Chair of Environment Waikato’s Environment Committee, Cr Lois Livingston, said that maintaining and restoring native bird numbers in the Region is a major objective for the Regional Council.

“These predators are a serious and constant threat to the native birds of the Region,” Cr Livingston said.

“Such a well-informed display alongside the native birds will help teach people about the direct link between the presence of these predators and the decline in our native bird population.”

Environment Waikato has budgeted to allocate $240,000 during the current financial year for community-based environmental initiatives.