Impact of pigs on the Auckland Island ecosystem

Mainland New Zealand has numerous examples of introduced plants and animals that have impacted upon native ecosystems. The Auckland Islands are no different.

Soon after European discovery in the early 1800s, pigs, rabbits, cattle and goats were gradually released on to the Islands. Unsurprisingly, these animals have had an impact on the ecosystem - carving out tracks, grazing on plants, as well as predating and competing with invertebrates and birds.

An assessment task, marking schedule and powerpoint linked to the Science 1.12 - Biological impact of an event on an ecosystem achievement standard is available for teachers and students.


AS 90951 Science 1.12 - Investigate the biological impact of an event on a New Zealand ecosystem

SCI 1.12 Impact of Introduced Pigs Assessment Task

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SCI 1.12 Impact of Introduced Pigs Marking Grid

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SCI 1.12 Impact of Pigs powerpoint

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