Canterbury/ Otago behind awareness campaign
Wallaby populations are continuing to grow in Aotearoa, including the dama wallaby in Rotorua, prompting the launch of the first nationwide predator-free awareness campaign.
The Tipu Mātoro: Wallaby-free Aotearoa campaign launched this summer highlights the damage the animals do to the environment and asks New Zealanders to report any wallaby sightings to help stop the spread of these pests and knock down their growing populations.
Biosecurity New Zealand’s director of response John Walsh said in a written statement the awareness campaign was part of the Tipu Mātoro: Wallaby-free Aotearoa Programme, which focuses firstly on stopping the spread of wallabies from known areas in the Bay of Plenty/Waikato and in South Canterbury/North Otago.
“Wallabies silently prey on the futures of our forests and farms,” Walsh said in the statement.