18 Oct 2022

Food source concerns if tuatara return to the Mainland

From Afternoons, 1:15 pm on 18 October 2022

Slowly but surely, threatened native species are being reintroduced to our mainland from reserves and offshore islands.

While this is of course a positive step forward in our predator-free goal, researchers from Victoria University of Wellington are warning that it is easier said than done.

Their recent study used the tuatara as an example, and what they found raises questions about the impact of habitat differences when reintroducing a species.

 Sarah K. Lamar, PhD candidate in Ecology and Biodiversity at Victoria University talks to Jesse about their findings.

New Zealand tuatara.

Photo: Supplied / University of Otago / Bernard Spragg