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 58 native freshwater fish species.
Find out about sharks/mangō, spotted black grouper, sea snakes, kraits and turtles.
The New Zealand Threat Classification System is used to assess the threat status of our taxa (species, subspecies, varieties and forma).
What to do if you find a dead bird, beached whale, or other native animal that might need help.
These species-specific programmes protect our native wildlife.
We share the responsibility to look after the species that make this place unique – join us by observing the following guidance.