The Big Kill By Elizabeth Kolbert

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In “The Big Kill”, American journalist Elizabeth Kolbert discusses New Zealand’s problem with invasive species attacking endemic fauna which results in many of their native species becoming extinct. Kolbert explains the problems of exterminating specific animals such as stoat for conservation of their natural wildlife. She also explains the issues of how explorers brought various animals to different parts of the world. Hence, Elizabeth Kolbert discusses the difficulty of eliminating invasive species and that extreme measures will have to be taken in order to save New Zealand’s native animals and flora. First, Elizabeth Kolbert explains how she traveled to New Zealand and surveyed how Kevin Ashead completed some volunteer work in the Solomon …show more content…
However, these animals were not the ony ones brought to New Zealand, for example “[a]mong the many creatures the societies tried to “acclimatize” were red deer, fallow deer, white-tailed deer, sika deer, tahr, chamois, moose, elk, hedgehogs, wallabies, turkeys, pheasants, partridges, quail, mallards, house sparrows, blackbirds, brown trout, Atlantic salmon, herring, whitefish, and carp” (Kolbert 170). They even imported brushtail possums from Australia to start their own fur industry. The people of New Zealand then realize that because of all the new predators that have been introduced, that within a generation or two, there will be no more Kiwis left and they will be …show more content…
Because of the invasive animals brought by settlers and explorers, animals such as the iconic kiwi are becoming endangered and are needed to be protected at all costs. Also, as a result of some of the predators brought by settlers, the moa has become extinct. Another example of how these invasive species have affected New Zealand’s native animals and floral is the Kakapo. There was once a great population of Kakapos in New Zealand, however, now “there are a hundred and twenty-six kakapo left, and all of them, save Sirocco, live on three remote, predator-free islands, Little Barrier, Codfish, and Anchor” (Kolbert 172). Therefore, many New Zealander are trying to protect these unique and native animals that are becoming endangered as a result of these invasive

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