Rock wrenImage: Sabine Bernert ©
New Zealand has many unique native fish, insects, birds, lizards and frogs. Our only native mammals are bats and marine mammals.
The native flora of New Zealand is unique as it evolved in isolation for millions of years.
New Zealand's unique biodiversity is at risk from pests, weeds and other threats.
Habitats are the environments in which particular plants and animals live.
The word biodiversity is short for ‘biological diversity’ and simply means the variety of life on earth.
The conservation status of our species is assessed according to the risk of extinction they face within New Zealand.
Our health and wellbeing benefits from our use and involvement in the natural spaces around us.
Nicola Toki is DOC's Threatened Species Ambassador. Her role is to raise awareness and inspire action for our threatened native plants and animals.
We protect plant and animal species through our projects and programmes.