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Birds on the Brink

We showcase New Zealand’s trailblazing environmental policy that aims to see the country rid of predators by 2050.

New Zealand is famous for its unique birdlife, including the iconic kiwi. But the South Pacific nation has one of the world’s worst extinction rates; introduced predators kill an estimated 25 million native birds each year.

Now, an ambitious plan is in place to save the country’s feathered friends. “Predator Free 2050” aims to rid the island nation of all rats, possums and other pests by 2050.

101 East travels to New Zealand to witness first-hand the extraordinary efforts being made to hunt down foreign pests and predators and restore its native birds to forests and cities.