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A unique opportunity for two people to join the DOC Grand and Otago skink team at Macraes in east Otago for a day and see this successful conservation management programme in action.

Grand and Otago skinks are some of the rarest reptiles in New Zealand and thanks to intensive management the Macraes Conservation Area is now a stronghold for these critically threatened species.

Help DOC rangers check the extensive predator trap network and predator proof enclosure. Assist the rangers with their inventory of individual skinks, by taking photographs. DOC is able to identify individual skinks through an extensive database of skink images which are collected by rangers each summer. If there happen to be any skinks in quarantine during the time of your visit you will get the opportunity to enter this special restricted area, and help with the feeding and treatment of the skinks. The quarantine area holds skinks used for the captive breeding programme. You will also get the chance to see some fabulous Otago scenery.

Departs from Department of Conservation Office in Dunedin for trip to Macraes Flat.

Trip will take place at an agreeable time to both parties between March and May

Minimum of 10 years of age with a low to medium level of fitness, a good sense of balance is required as site very steep with uneven ground. Make sure you bring your camera.

Thanks to DOC for kindly donating this unique opportunity.

All money from this auction will go to the Million Dollar Mouse fund – raising $1 million to eradicate mice off the Antipodes Islands and provide a safe habitat for the many animals and seabirds that rely on these islands. Mice, the last remaining pests, eat the eggs and chicks of the seabirds that breed on these islands.
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  • Store location: Wellington City, Wellington, NZ

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