ZIP is seeking expressions of interest for three new ranger positions

ZIP is seeking expressions of interest for three new ranger positions

ZIP is seeking expressions of interest for three fixed-term ranger positions, for a potential field trial in South Westland, beginning in early December 2017.

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to info@zip.org.nz, quoting 'Ranger Vacancy South Westland' in the subject header.

Expressions of interest close at 5:00pm on Monday 6 November 2017.

The ZIP/DOC trial in South Westland is now complete

The ZIP/DOC trial in South Westland is now complete

In June 2017, Zero Invasive Predators Ltd (ZIP) began a trial within 2,500 hectares at the confluence of the Jackson and Arawhata Rivers, South Westland, to test whether a modified technique for applying aerial 1080 could completely remove possums, and potentially rats (i.e. not just suppress them to low numbers). Two applications of non-toxic prefeed bait were flown in June, and the 1080 bait was aerially applied on 5 July. Pre-operational monitoring indicated that possums were at 50%, while rat numbers were low. 

Since then, a core area of 400 hectares within the treatment zone has been intensively searched for any surviving possums and rats using chew cards, tracking tunnels and cameras.

By Friday 25 August, 52 days (and over 77,000 'detection nights') after the application of 1080, we had not recorded sign of any surviving possums, or rats! We therefore concluded that our modified technique for applying aerial 1080 is very likely to have successfully completely removed possums and rats at this site. 

Consequently, we have decided that there is no need for a second application of aerial 1080 for the purposes of this trial (we had applied prefeed on the 3rd August in case a second application was needed to target any surviving possums or rats). This trial is now complete.

We have subsequently initiated a second trial at the site, simulating a ship rat incursion into a rat-free area, to determine the spread of a first generation of ship rats (i.e. the Gen One 'footprint') across a forested landscape. The results will help inform the design of tools and techniques to respond to a rat incursion in a timely manner. This project may require the targeted use of aerial 1080 as a ‘spot treatment’ to remove these individual rats.

Fact Sheet on ZIP trial in South Westland

Fact Sheet on ZIP trial in South Westland

ZIP and the Department of Conservation are investigating a method to completely remove possums, and potentially rats, from mainland sites.

If successful, this method of aerial predator control will reduce, and ultimately eliminate, the need for repeated wide scale application of toxins to remove predators; and provide a tool for progressing New Zealand towards its Predator Free 2050 goal.

The attached Fact Sheet contains information and context about the proposed trial.

We are hiring! Executive Assistant wanted to join the growing ZIP team.

We are hiring! Executive Assistant wanted to join the growing ZIP team.

Are you an experienced Personal or Executive Assistant who is:

  • enthusiastic, highly organised, and pro-active;
  • someone who thrives in a dynamic and changing environment;
  • looking to work alongside a fun and supportive team; and
  • passionate about helping to restore our native biodiversity?

If so, we would love to hear from you!

ZIP is hiring!

ZIP is hiring!

We are looking for two new rangers to join the field team at Bottle Rock peninsula.

Are you:
•    physically fit and self-motivated;
•    someone who loves working in the outdoors;
•    passionate about helping to restore our native biodiversity; and
•    looking to develop your skills in the field?

If so, we want to hear from you!

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Official Opening of ZIP's predator research enclosure, 9 June 2016

Official Opening of ZIP's predator research enclosure, 9 June 2016

ZIP's new invasive predator research enclosure in Lincoln was officially opened yesterday by Hon Maggie Barry, Minister of Conservation.

This facility will play a key role in enabling us to rapidly develop new technology to remove invasive predators and their impact on our native species and the New Zealand economy.

You can learn more about the new enclosure here and here, and a few photos from the day are shared after the jump.

Welcome!

Welcome!

Kia ora!

Welcome to the new and improved website of Zero Invasive Predators Ltd (ZIP).

We are very excited to introduce ourselves and begin sharing our world with you: what we are up to; what we have learned so far; and what our future work programme holds.

We’ve kept a low profile to date for a few key reasons:

Starting today, we’ll be providing regular informal updates via this page. More detailed technical updates on our findings will be posted here.

Questions? Comments? We'd love to hear from you!

info@zip.org.nz