To celebrate Father’s Day, we look at a few dads doing their bit for conservation…
1. Our iconic kiwi
When it comes to our national bird the kiwi, the dads are usually the ones sitting on the nest. Brown and little spotted kiwi dads look after the egg for the entire time, while in other species of kiwi the mum will also take a turn. This is a big job, with kiwi egg incubation taking 70 or 80 days – twice as long as other birds.
2. Archery’s frogs/pepeketua
Archey’s frogs don’t have a tadpole stage instead they develop inside an egg, and then hatch as (almost fully-formed) froglets. The babies are cared for by dad – the male Archey’s frog carries his young offspring around on his back straight after they’re born.
3. Hoiho/yellow-eyed penguin
Yellow-eyed penguin parents take turns sitting on the nest, and take turns guarding their chicks for six weeks after they hatch too.
Seahorse dads give birth to their young. Mum will deposit her eggs into his pouch and he’ll give birth 40-50 days later, delivering up to 500 seahorse babies called ‘fry’!
5. Whio/blue duck
In many duck species dads don’t help incubate their eggs, mum does all of the hard yards. This isn’t the case with our native whio/blue ducks though, with dad taking turns sitting on the nest, and sticking with their family for two or three months afterwards until their chicks are big enough to fend for themselves.
6. Northern royal albatross/toroa
Our 2017 Royalcam chick Tūmanako’s dad did a good job too, which is lucky considering his parenting was streamed live! Check out this year’s live stream and if you’re lucky you might see a tasty regurgitated seafood meal. Yum.
Happy Father’s Day to all dads out there!