Nicola Toki
Image: Richard Cosgrove | Fish & Game


Nicola Toki is DOC's Threatened Species Ambassador. Her role is to raise awareness and inspire action for our threatened native plants and animals.


Telling the stories of New Zealand's native wildlife is Nicola's passion. She loves getting people as excited about giant wētā as they are about kiwi or kākāpō.

Get to know Nicola and see she what she's been up to lately. Find out why some of our species are at risk and learn about the not-so-cuddly critters that need our attention with Critter of the Week.




Critter of the Week

Every Friday Nicola chats to Jesse Mulligan from Radio New Zealand about the not-so-cuddly critters that need our attention.

Hochstetter's frog

Hochstetter frog.
Hochstetter frog
Image: Greg Sherley

22 September 2017

The Hochstetter's frog are small, nocturnal, and are hard to see as they camouflage themselves very well. Three of our species live on land in shady, moist forested areas, and one is semi-aquatic, living on stream edges.

They are also different from frogs elsewhere in the world because they have no external eardrum. They also have round rather than slit pupils in their eyes, they don't croak much and they don't have a tadpole stage!

Hochstetter's frog on Critter of the Week.

Earlier Critter of the Week chats.


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The Threatened Species Ambassador is supported by Air New Zealand, as part of their partnership with DOC.

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