Just picture New Zealand's stunning landscapes: soaring snowy peaks, turquoise mountain lakes, white sandy beaches, and lush mountain valleys. And while scenery is a true highlight, New Zealand’s wildlife is sure to awe birders and nature enthusiasts, alike — endemics abound.

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Conservation Corner

Department of Conservation
The North and South Islands of New Zealand contain unique native species of birds, fish, insects, and amphibians, evolved in isolation to create amazing biodiversity. The Department of Conservation monitors threats to wildlife populations.

Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society
However, introduced mammals and other pests threaten species who evolved without such predators. Forestry, hydro-electric development, mining, wetland destruction, and over-fishing are other human-induced threats to the survival of native species. The Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand works to address these concerns.

New Zealand Whale and Dolphin Trust
The New Zealand Whale and Dolphin Trust watchdogs nine species of dolphins that can be seen off New Zealand’s coast, including Hector’s dolphin and closely related Maui’s dolphin, which are easily identified by their very small size and rounded dorsal fin. While both are endangered species, with fewer than 50 Maui’s dolphins remaining, they continue to be threatened by entanglement in fishing nets through commercial and recreational fishing.