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Smart trapping a new story for tour operators in rural Waitomo

Smart trapping a new story for tour operators in rural Waitomo

In the Mangaotaki Valley, Suzie and Warrick Denize raise livestock and operate tours in a landscape dominated by massive limestone cliffs made famous by the Hobbit trilogy. Spanning 1.5km long and 90m high, the rock formations overlook the native bush below where, thanks to the couple’s trapping effort, native species are making a comeback while their 30 traps have recorded over 200 kills to date.

We chat with the busy couple to learn more about the impact of pest control on their business and how our A24 Trap kit with Chirp has helped their trapping.

Decades of volunteer effort restores native lizard population

Decades of volunteer effort restores native lizard population
High on the rugged hillsides of the Paekākāriki Escarpment track on the Kāpiti Coast, Paul Callister and his team of committed volunteers from Ngā Uruora community conservation group, have been spraying weeds, trapping pests and planting native plants for nearly 20 years. It’s not easy or paid work so we were lucky that Paul had time to tell us his story - about what keeps him going and what attracted him to the project in the first place.