A petition to stop the Department of Conservation culling the Himalayan tahr has attracted nearly 40,000 signatures.
The Tahr Foundation says DOC is planning a mass killing of thousands of the animals through the Southern Alps, including national parks.
Spokesperson Willie Duley said tourism operators are also opposing the cull because they stand to lose significant income.
“More than 500 jobs and the futures of 160 businesses are on the line because of DOC’s short-sighted plan, and those operators need government help to save those jobs,” he said in a statement.
A Give A Little page set up to help fund the Tahr Foundation’s legal battle to protect tahr has so far raised nearly $70,000, Duley said.
The foundation is filing an application for an interim injunction next week to stop the cull.
Earlier this year, Forest and Bird sought a high court declaration claiming DOC’s plan to cull tahr was illegal because it believes the plan does not go far enough.