The Innovators: Southern Crawlies

“It’s a pretty cool bug, it’s been around 18 million years, and like most things is faced with extinction now." - John Hallows

Southern Crawlies

Korua are threatened in the wild due to poor water quality from intensive agriculture and storm water from urban environments. John Hallows has a natural fascination for these species and in six short years, he's managed to bring these creatures back from the brink of extinction. He seeded empty fire-fighting ponds in forestry blocks, introduced a breeding population and now there are thousands of koura spread across 700 ponds; John loves being in the forest - he does what he loves and that's the best part of his job: “Everyone's passionate and excited about it. I get out of bed and I meet interesting people and some interesting crayfish! I’m a very lucky man”. 

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