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Tue 16 Apr 2013, 5:30pm–8:00pm

Where: Great Lake Centre, 5 Story Place, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: leahj53

Victoria University invites you to a free public lecture on predator control presented by Professor Charles Daugherty and Dr Nicola Nelson.

Predator control—protecting tuatara and other natural treasures for future generations

Pest Free New Zealand is a concept that has risen to national prominence in the past year. More recently, cat management has captured the public discussion. What is Pest Free New Zealand? Is it feasible, and could it happen? Are cats really part of the picture? What can we gain from controlling introduced mammalian predators? Could you have tuatara in your backyard if you didn't have cats?

Charles Daugherty is Professor of Ecology and Assistant Vice-Chancellor Research at Victoria University. He will describe the present state of the pest mammal discussion and challenge you to consider why this subject matters to all New Zealanders.

Reptile expert Nicola Nelson is a Senior Lecturer in Conservation Ecology at Victoria University. She will discuss some of the surprising implications relating to the effect temperature has on determining the sex of baby tuatara, and how these might influence conservation efforts in a warming climate. Dr Nelson will demonstrate why efforts to control introduced predators on the mainland can help us improve the long-term outlook for populations of treasured species, like tuatara.

If you would like to attend, please email with ‘tuatara’ in the subject line or phone (04) 472 1000 by Friday 12 April.