Tuatara
PHOTO: Sabine Bernert © 

Introduction

Watch videos, read blog posts by DOC staff, and check out the latest news articles about tuatara and DOC's work with these ancient creatures.

Blog posts

DOC's Conservation Blog offers a behind-the-scenes look at DOC's conservation work.

  • Top 10 native species of 2015
    30/12/2015
    We look back at our native species that have captured the attention of the internet world this year.
  • Photo of the week: Tuatara
    05/08/2014
    Today’s photo of the week is of one of New Zealand’s famous reptiles—the tuatara. The tuatara is the only living representative of an ancient lineage, the order Sphenodontia, which is over 250 million years old. This week Victoria University of Wellington researchers published rare footage of a tuatara hatching from an egg. The egg was one of 23 being incubated […]
  • Tuatara on Tour
    17/10/2012
    Codenamed ‘Tuatara on Tour’, DOC, together with Air New Zealand and Ngāti Koata, have just achieved the largest and most complex tuatara relocation ever undertaken. Over 260 tuatara were transported, on commercial flights from Wellington to Gisborne, Hamilton and Dunedin, to live in new homes at predator-free locations on the mainland. DOC staff were on […]
  • Top 10 native animals of 2011
    05/01/2012
    It probably doesn’t surprise you to hear that people love visiting our native animals online at www.doc.govt.nz. What may surprise you are the native animals people like visiting the most. #10 Kaka This amusing, social and boisterous parrot seems to be as much fun to hang out with online as in the real world. #9 […]

Videos about tuatara

Love in Cold Blood
A wonderful story about Henry and Mildred, two elderly tuatara from the Southland Museum in Invercargill. The film was made by Jane Adcroft and Carla Braun-Elwert as part of their Master in Science Communication at Otago University.

Evolution of tuatara
A short video on the Te Ara website that explains the evolution of tuatara, which have hardly changed in 220 million years.

Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier tuatara release
Join Liz as she releases 22 tuatara from the confines of the breeding facility to the wild hills of Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island.

Tuatara: Meet the Locals third series
New Zealand's tuatara has been around since the time of the dinosaurs. Unfortunately, it is no longer found on the mainland, due to introduced predators. Watch this video to find out how the tuatara 'headstart' programme works.

Hauturu tuatara: Meet the Locals fifth series
This video shows how the removal of rats from Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island has cleared the way for tuatara as well as many other native species to thrive in the kind of place New Zealand once was.

Tuatara release: Meet the Locals fifth series
Cuvier Island tuatara are extremely rare and some are raised in captivity at Auckland Zoo. Find out what is involved in getting these long-lived reptiles back into the wild.

Tuatara. Photo: Katrina Knill.
Tuatara are found only in New Zealand

Tuatara on Stephens Island. Photo © Sabine Bernert.
Tuatara once lived throughout the mainland but have survived in the wild only on offshore islands

Tuatara in the news

DOC stories and media releases about our work with tuatara.


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