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 and spotted black grouper.
Wildlife health is about ensuring wildlife are free from disease. Report sick or injured wildlife and share wildlife heath data.
Find out how to get closer to threatened species and take action to help in their recovery.
Phone 0800 DOC HOTline (0800 362 468) 24 hour emergency number to report:
Sick or injured wildlifeWhale or dolphin strandings