On Wednesday the Million Dollar Mouse team left for Antipodes Island to carry out their mission of ridding the island of mice. This infographic gives you a sense of the immense logistical task they have ahead. Our ability to carry out these sorts of operations is what makes New Zealand a world leader in predator eradications.
We’ll keep you updated on this operation as it progresses. The ship is currently battling the waves of the Southern Ocean (with an average height of 5m!) on their way to Antipodes Island. You can follow the progress of the voyage here: http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:699377/mmsi:512093000/imo:0/vessel:EVOHE
However, we are already starting to think about what is next for Predator Free New Zealand? There wasn’t a lot in the budget to help get rid of predators – aside from the one off 1080 drop announced for this year. Where is the plan to save New Zealand’s species?