Rats 'Healthier' on Organic Diet

February 22nd, 2005

A team of scientists found rats fed on organic food were slimmer, slept better and had stronger immune systems than others fed on conventionally-grown produce. Read more at Scotsman.com.

Kiore found in Waitutu Forest

February 20th, 2005

The Royal Society of New Zealand reports in the New Zealand Journal of Zoology that kiore were trapped in Waitutu Forest, Southland in 2002 and 2003.

This was approximately 75 km south of the closest previously known surviving population.

"Kiore may be more widespread in mainland New Zealand than presently known for reasons of misidentification or trapping when numbers are very low."

Snap Attack on Island Rats

February 2nd, 2005

The old saying “know your enemy” is as equally true for rodents as it is for Roman Legions. It is with this advice in mind that Department of Conservation Ranger Emily King will set out to undertake a survey to determine what type of rodent (rats and mice) species exist in the Eastern Bay of Islands.

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