Green geckoImage: Sabine Bernert ©
New Zealand is known as the seabird capital of the world and is also home to a number of forest birds that live nowhere else on Earth.
The herpetofauna animal group includes reptiles and frogs. New Zealand has tuatara, geckos, skinks, and four species of native frog.
Bats are New Zealand's only native land mammals.
New Zealand marine mammals include many species of dolphins, seals and whales.
Invertebrates have no backbone or spinal column. New Zealand invertebrates include crayfish, snails, octupus, weta and coral.
New Zealand has 57 native freshwater fish species.
Find out about sharks/mangō, spotted black grouper, sea snakes, kraits and turtles.
Past conservation status lists and manuals.
What to do if you find a dead bird, beached whale, or other native animal that might need help.
We protect plant and animal species through our projects and programmes.
Leave all wildlife undisturbed, and don't collect dead specimens. To catch or handle most wildlife species you must have permission from DOC.