Archives For Native animals

If you’re here from overseas visiting our unique nature; or are from elsewhere in the country exploring your wider backyard, here are some hot tips to treat wildlife the Kiwi way.

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“It sat down, it sat down!” This is the exclamation of an excited birder looking for banded dotterel/pohowera nests. It’s breeding season and its time figure out if our new predator cages will work to help boost nesting success.

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We’re on the front lines of the Save Our Iconic Kiwi initiative. This is the sixteenth in a series following the work being done to save the Fiordland tokoeka (kiwi).

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We caught up with Tim, a ranger on the front lines of the Save Our Iconic Kiwi initiative. This is the fifteenth in a series following the work he’s doing to save the Fiordland tokoeka (kiwi).

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Whakau or Red Mercury Island sits tantalisingly close to the mainland – yet much of what is found there is distinctly different to what is found on the nearby Coromandel peninsula. To date over 500 separate species of plants, invertebrates, reptiles and birds have been recorded here, a small number of which are unique to the Mercury Islands group.

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Science Advisor Kath Walker has been studying Powelliphanta snails for nearly four decades and has recently submitted her PhD on this ancient lineage of snail – an awesome achievement to someone so dedicated to these quirky creatures, which are special to some of our most rugged and wild landscapes.

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November 20 marks the 70th anniversary of the rediscovery of the takehē – we take a look back at seven decades of progress, preservation and recovery.

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