Antipodes Island and the Successful Million Dollar Mouse Project

Watch the transformation of Antipodes Island as the New Zealand Department of Conservation shares the complexities and successes of the Million Dollar Mouse Project.

On the Sub-antarctic Island of Antipodes, invasive mice were the only introduced predators and their presence was considered by conservationists and researchers to be a threat to native and endemic species. In order to remove the invasive mice partners from all around the world came together in order to plan, implement, and monitor the complex project.

Together the New Zealand Department of Conservation, the Morgan Foundation, WWF-New Zealand, Island Conservation and the New Zealand public formed the Million Dollar Mouse project in order to preserve a jewel of the Sub-antarctic and its native wildlife. In the winter of 2016, the partners came together to implement the logistically complex project.

Two years and two breeding seasons later, the monitoring team returned to see if the campaign was successful. Using 200 inked tracking tunnels and two conservation detection dogs which scoured the island for three weeks they officially confirmed successRichard Griffiths, Project Director at Island Conservation commented on the success of the project:

The removal of invasive species from island ecosystems is a proven way to protect biodiversity and prevent extinctions. We are thrilled at having being able to collaborate on this monumental achievement to protect Antipode’s threatened species and look forward to partnering with the Department of Conservation on its next steps toward Predator-Free New Zealand.”

Now the endemic and native wildlife of Antipodes Island has a chance to thrive once again. Watch the island transform and learn about the complexities and successes of the Million Dollar Mouse Project.

Featured photo: A pair of Antipodean Wandering Albatross chicks. Credit: Jason Zito/Island Conservation
Sources: New Zealand Department of Conservation and Million Dollar Mouse

About Island Conservation

Island Conservation prevents extinctions by removing invasive species from islands. To date, we have successfully restored 63 islands worldwide, benefiting 1173 populations of 468 species and subspecies. Working together with local communities, government management agencies, and conservation organizations, we select islands that have the greatest potential for preventing the extinction of globally threatened species.

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