Keywords:Mangere, island, chatham, islands, reserve, conservation, wilderness, sanctuary, richard, goomes
Dimensions7087 x 4724
Original file size19.1 MB
Color spaceAdobe RGB (1998)
Date modified7-Apr-12 09:52
Camera modelNikon COOLSCAN V ED
Richard Goomes with Snipe
Richard Goomes with an endangered Chatham Island Snipe in hand.
Forested until the 1890s, Mangere Island was largely cleared for sheep grazing and farmed until 1966 when it was purchased by the New Zealand government and gazetted as a Nature Reserve. The last sheep were removed in 1968 with following effort to restore the flora and fauna. Several endemic Chatham Island bird species have since been reintroduced to the island including; Chatham Island Snipe, Black Robin, Chatham Island Tomtit and Shore Plover.