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4.5 

Title: Rat Island
Authors: Stolzenburg, William
Genre: Non Fiction
Pages: 279
Year: 2011
Language: English
Description: Islands + birds = paradise, but paradise + rats = DISASTER. With islands home to more than half the world's endangered species, the arrival of introduced predators has had a catastrophic effect on fauna, especially birds. With particular focus on two bird species that evolved in mammal-free environments, New Zealand's kakapo and the auklets from the Aleutian Islands, this book considers the different conservation measures employed to protect these fragile island ecosystems.

Informative and lively, this is a story fraught with ethical complexities, of conservation crusades and radical pest eradication, and the people and animals on both sides of the equation.
Categories: Non fiction, Adventure/Exploration, Contemporary, Environmental, Morals/Ethics, Social commentary/perspectives, 2018 Titles

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By: GERAL 006 2019-06-05 14:59:08
5 
Should be compulsory reading in all NZ secondary schools.

By: CHCH 428 2019-01-18 14:16:57
5 
With this book's strong focus on New Zealand, we gained an excellent understanding of our historical management and (mis)management of pests, especially rats. What a thought-provoking book - it was the catalyst for a lively discussion.

By: WELL 208 2019-01-16 13:38:14
5 
This was the best book of our whole year of book club. Everybody loved it, we had a great discussion, and it has been a talking point all summer. I even got it as a present for someone for Xmas!

By: PICT 002 2019-01-16 13:35:31
4.5 
Overall comment was " a good, easy and enjoyable read". It was well-written, intensive and well researched. The content is very relevant to the trapping in our local area.

 
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