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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
Invertebrates have no backbone or spinal column. New Zealand invertebrates include crayfish, snails, octopus, weta and coral.
New Zealand marine mammals include many species of dolphins, seals and whales.
Find out about sharks/mangō, spotted black grouper, sea snakes, kraits and turtles.
New Zealand has 51 native freshwater fish species.
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 animals that might need help.
These species-specific programmes protect our native wildlife.
Protect our precious native species by keeping your distance and not feeding them.