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 a species is a forecast based on observed trends and likely pressures.
iNaturalist NZ and other sites can help you to identify a plant or animal species.
Find out about the work of DOC's Threatened Species Ambassadors.
These species-specific programmes protect our native wildlife.
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.