Book: Paradise Saved

04/08/2014 0 By Gayle Dickson

Paradise SavedParadise Saved
Dave Butler, Tony Lindsay
and Janet Hunt
RRP: $55.00
Released: 15 August 2014

The remarkable story of New Zealand’s wildlife sanctuaries and how they are stemming the tide of
extinction.

It is too soon to say extinction is over in New Zealand. Where there is no pest management in the forests and national parks we
are losing native species at an alarming rate. But a revived national consciousness of critical species decline has given new hope. Scientists have responded with pioneering techniques to help clear offshore islands of introduced pests, providing havens for dwindling populations. In the wake of their success, the same strategies and techniques of predator control have now been applied on the mainland. Sanctuaries have appeared all over New Zealand, with thousands of volunteers answering the call to help support and run
them.

Paradise Saved tells the gripping story of how we are turning back the tide of extinction. It is a celebration of pioneering science and a national survey of the sanctuaries, large and small. For each sanctuary, up to date information is included on where to find them, how to visit and how to do your part. It’s not all plain sailing however and the book discusses the various challenges involved.

With photographs from some of New Zealand’s best wildlife photographers, Paradise Saved is a stunning and inspirational account of New Zealand’s sanctuaries, that will appeal to all those who love our beautiful country. It is a fitting tribute to the many people who give up their time to look after sites up and down the country, whether to restore a complete forest or work to protect a single nest of a rare species. All are playing vital roles in a movement whose scale is only now being recognised.