New Zealand is known as the seabird capital of the world and is also home to a number of forest birds that live nowhere else on Earth.
The herpetofauna animal group includes reptiles and frogs. New Zealand has tuatara, geckos, skinks, and four species of native frog.
Bats are New Zealand’s only native land mammals. There are two surviving species: the long-tailed bat and the short-tailed bat.
New Zealand marine mammals include many species of dolphins, seals and whales.
Invertebrates have no backbone or spinal column. New Zealand invertebrates include crayfish, snails, octupus, weta and coral.
View information on New Zealand's native freshwater fish.
Find out about sharks/mangō, spotted black grouper, sea snakes and kraits.
Wildlife health is about ensuring we have healthy and robust populations of wildlife. Report sick or injured wildlife and share wildlife health data.
CITES endangered species
DOC's 24 hour emergency hotline:
0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468)
Call to report sick or injured wildlife, and whale or dolphin strandings.