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.
Watch the new northern royal albatross family at Pukekura/Taiaroa Head on Royal cam.
Predator Free 2050 is an ambitious goal to rid New Zealand of the most damaging introduced predators that threaten our nation’s natural taonga, our economy and primary sector.
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.
As part of the Healthy Nature Healthy People movement, DOC and the Mental Health Foundation have partnered to promote the positive effects of nature on your wellbeing.