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22 September 2023
DOC is expecting flood damage across conservation areas in Southland and Otago and is advising people to reconsider any backcountry travel.
07 September 2023
The Department of Conservation (DOC) is appealing for information after a female New Zealand sea lion/pakake was shot and killed near Dunedin last week.
28 August 2023
The first fledgling toroa/northern royal albatross to leave Pukekura/Taiaroa Head on Otago Peninsula this season set a record when he spread his wings and set off to spend years at sea.
25 August 2023
Takahē have been returned to Ngāi Tahu whenua/land in the upper Lake Whakatipu Waimāori valley with the aim of establishing a third wild population.
14 August 2023
Vulnerable native species in the Dart, Routeburn and Caples valleys in Otago are benefiting from an extended period of low rodent numbers thanks to a successful predator control operation.
27 July 2023
Efforts to protect native wildlife in Waitaki braided river systems will get a significant boost under a $2.3 million per annum agreement between DOC, Meridian Energy and Genesis Energy.
26 May 2023
DOC is temporarily closing three popular bridges in the Wānaka area for safety reasons.
05 May 2023
DOC is again urging people to keep their dogs under control in coastal areas after a necropsy confirmed the penguin dumped in an Otago bin was killed by a dog.
18 April 2023
Sophisticated DNA technology has detected a previously unknown population of critically threatened Clutha flathead galaxias in Central Otago’s Ōrau/Cardrona River.