The Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust was established to lead a community project to 16live the ecology of Maungatautari, a forested volcanic cone rising above the Waikato basin near Cambridge.

Their vision is to remove, forever, introduced mammalian pests and predators from Maungatautari, and 16live to the forest a healthy diversity of indigenous plants and animals not seen in our lifetime.

This has involved the construction of 47 km of totally mammal proof fence and the eradication of 15 species of introduced mammals. At 3400 ha, it is the largest project of this type on mainland New Zealand and possibly in the world.

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