Native animals - all regions
The Australasian crested grebe belongs to an ancient order of diving water birds. Three of the 22 species in this order have become extinct in the last 30 years. Lake Pearson/Moana Rua in Canterbury has been designated a wildlife refuge to help protect the grebe.
Kakī, or black stilt, is a native wading bird, found only in New Zealand. They have been intensively managed since 1981, when their population declined to a low of just 23 birds.
Listen to or download recordings of black stilt/kakī song.
The whio/blue duck is endemic to New Zealand. It is classified as a nationally vulnerable species, and unless the causes for its decline are remedied, the species faces a very real risk of becoming extinct.
One of the smallest marine dolphins in the world,
Hector’s dolphins grow no more than 1.5 m in length.
Advice for attracting birds to your garden if you are designing a new garden or developing an existing one.
Long-tailed bat are widely distributed throughout the mainland and on several offshore islands.
Learn about New Zealand's five species of mudfish.
Orange-fronted parakeets, or kākāriki karaka, are small forest-dwelling birds. Classified as ‘nationally critical’, the species has a high risk of extinction with only 100 – 200 birds in the wild.
In this section you'll find general information about penguins found in New Zealand.
A weka was seen in Christchurch. We wondered what it was up to... Wily the weka by Katipo group, Room 8, Opawa School.
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Conservation - all regions