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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 conservation status of our species is assessed according to the risk of extinction they face within New Zealand.
Find out about the value of nature, what biodiversity is and the benefits of conservation.
Find links to identification guides, classification systems, databases, and other resources to help your research on biodiversity in New Zealand.
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.