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Ruru released into Dansey Road Scenic Reserve

27 October, 2017

Rotorua Canopy Tours and Wingspan National Bird of Prey joined forces to release a native, protected ruru into our forest. This ruru was rescued by the local Mamaku community, in a concussed, underweight state and delivered to the Wingspan Centre for rehabilitation. A month later, with a weight gain of…

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Phase 4 and the future

14 June, 2017

In June 2017, we completed Phase Four of the Canopy Conservation Project. We now have 220 hectares of the forest under trapping control, meaning that the entire forest of Rotorua Canopy Tours is protected. During this final phase we also re-baited and re-gassed the entire existing network of traps from…

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Phase 3 – The Results

15 October, 2016

Ever since Rotorua Canopy Tours first began, our intention was to restore the Dansey Road Scenic Reserve and put conservation at the very heart of our eco-tourism business. Over the past four years we’ve steadily increased our pest eradication programme and in October 2016, we embarked on Phase 3. A…

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Canopy Tours Wins Environmental and Supreme Tourism Award

30 September, 2016

In late September, the team at Rotorua Canopy Tours were blown away by their success at the New Zealand Tourism Awards. Not only did they win the Environmental Tourism Award for their efforts to eradicate pests and restore native birdlife to the Dansey Road Scenic Reserve, they also picked up…

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Inspiring the next generation of conservationists

18 September, 2016

You’re never too young to appreciate the beauty of our amazing native birds. But unfortunately, today’s school children may be the last generation in New Zealand to ever see kiwi living in the wild. The destruction in our forests – and even in our own back yards – is immense,…

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Conservation Week Trapping Workshop

15 September, 2016

A lot of us know that possums, rats, stoats and cats spell disaster for our native birds. But many people are shocked to learn the scale of the problem – 26 million native birds are killed in New Zealand every year by these introduced predators! Trapping is one of the…

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Phase 3: Our Plans This Winter

27 May, 2016

This winter we will begin Phase 3 of trapping which will further extend our protected area to the western end of the Dansey Road Scenic Reserve, leaving only the eastern (Rotorua) section of the forest left to trap. To implement this trapping phase, six staff members will spend around 80…

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Rare lizard spotted at Dansey Road Scenic Reserve

15 April, 2016

We’ve got some great news – we have spotted and photographed one of New Zealand’s least known and rarely seen lizards – the Striped Skink on one of our Eco Tours! Recently during one of our eco tours through the forest, two of our guides and a group of ten…

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Insect Conservation at Dansey Road

20 March, 2016

Written by Gary Coker, Conservation Manager Since we launched here at Rotorua Canopy Tours, we’ve been working hard to ensure the Dansey Road Scenic Reserve is a safe place for the native species that call it home to live and raise their young safely.  The focus is often on the…

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Phase 2: The Results

27 November, 2015

In late November 2015 (a month after our Phase 2 trapping programme began), we did a post-monitoring survey to see how successful we had been. This involved placing chew cards (small squares of plastic corflute spread with peanut butter), out into the forest every 50m along our monitoring lines. When…

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