Kiwi live all around the Ruapehu Region, Waimarino Forest and Rangataua Forest. You can help keep them safe…
Kiwi are literally in our backyard in the Ruapehu area and we have many opportunities to be in kiwi territory.
We all have a role to play to ensure Ruapehu kiwi thrive and prosper. Whether you live, work and play in the Ruapehu area or you are a visitor, there are a number of actions you can do to help protect kiwi:
More than 200 kiwi live in Waimarino Forest, and forests in the Rangataua area. These kiwi are vulnerable to attack from dogs and cats - both day and night.
Dogs find the strong musky smell of kiwi irresistible and sniff kiwi out and kill them – one bite is all that’s needed and the dogs don’t even eat them. One loose dog could decimate the Ruapehu kiwi population.
As a dog owner, you can keep kiwi safe from dogs by following these simple rules:
Too many kiwi sustain injuries and even death from ground laid leg hold traps in kiwi areas. If you are using traps for possums or other pests use kiwi safe setting procedures.
Sadly kiwis are often mistaken for possums at night, especially when seen from behind, and become targets for vehicles. Avoid attempting to “bowl” possums, that way there is no risk of mistake for a kiwi.
|Respect “No Dog Zones”||Raise possum traps up off the ground|
|Beware of kiwis crossing roads at night or in the early morning|
|Predator traps set inside protective boxes to exclude non-target species|