200K mice plagued the islands. Now, no

File photo of White mice in a tin surrounded by sawdust (REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih) EGYPT, ANIMALS, SOCIETY, FOREIGN) –

A sub-antarctic archipelago is the making of “big news”: The New Zealand Herald reports there are officially no more mice on the land Antipodes Islands, which once housed up to 200,000 of the rodents.

They caused a great threat to the World Heritage Site by preying on the native birds, insects and plants, and the five-year effort to do away with them got an assist from the audience, with the “Million Mouse Project” fundraising campaign to bring six figures.

The Department of Conservation explains that grain bait laced with rodent toxin attack by a helicopter on the island during the winter of 2016. A team scoured the island for the past month looking for mice and did not find them.

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“This is great news for conservation, both in New Zealand and internationally,” said New Zealand Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage. She says more than two dozen species of birds, 21 species of rare plants, and more than 150 species of insects to take advantage.

Both Radio New Zealand and NPR note the mice originally found their way to the Antipodes on 19th-century ships, or via a shipwreck, and went for the purification of the island of at least two kinds of insects, as well as to displace some seabirds to the other islands.

The initiative in the Antipodes is not a stand-alone: The island has also gotten rid of other invasive species in the name of the promotion of biodiversity, including goats, rats, cats, rabbits, and a local meat-eating weasel.

New Zealand ‘ s ultimate goal is to get rid itself completely from all invasive pests by 2050, by Nature. (Scientists are bashing in the heads of the invasive iguanas in Florida.)

This article originally appeared on Newser: 200K Mice Plagued the Islands. Incredibly, There Are Now No

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