The motor vessel "Sea Surveyor" in January 1999 left the Southland Port of Bluff carrying a wildlife recovery party from the Rare Breeds Conservation Society. The aim of the Expedition was to recover from the remote sub-Antarctic Islands both live animals and genetic samples of others to enable to survival of the gene pool of the long isolated Auckland Island wild pigs prior to the Department of Conservation eradication programme intended to return the Islands to their natural state

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SURVEYOR 1   1999 Auckland Islands Expedition cover postmarked on return to Christchurch.  US$5

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SURVEYOR 2   1999 Expedition cover as above but with Expedition leader autograph.  US$6

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