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6604 Views 2 Replies Last post: May 19, 2010 1:46 PM by Lynny RSS
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Apr 21, 2010 6:46 PM

New Zealand Wildlife

Hi, in a while, me and my family are moving to New Zealand, i've been once, but I was just wondering what wildlife I should look out for, as i've already seen:

Sperm Whales

Hector Dolphins

and Fur Seals

so is there anything in particular i should look out for?

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    May 16, 2010 12:51 PM (in response to Lynny)
    Re: New Zealand Wildlife

    Definitely! New Zealand is beautiful country with amazing native bush and (ever so slightly strange) wildlife. For example, there is the kiwi- with the longest but shortest bill of any flightless bird, laying an egg three times it's size!  A Tui- a bird with a double larynx (two voice boxes) that enables it to make the weirdest yet most beautiful sounds, or a Tuatara- a lizard thats been around since the dinosaurs. There are also Wetas, fantails, stitchbirds,The enormously fat parrot- Kakapo, tree ferns, silver ferns (the national symbol of New Zealand), Giant Kauri trees- the largest one 'Tane Mahuta' is 50 metres tall with a 13 metre girth, and is believed to be around 2,000 years old!!! In fact, there are so many amazing species I can't list them all- but soon you'll be coming over here to see for yourself.


    Unfortunately though, many of New Zealand's native flora and fauna is dying out because of introduced species, such as possums, rats, mice, stoats, weasels, dogs and cats. New Zealand broke away from Australia around 80 million years ago, and since then, the fantastic, weird and frankly wonderful species (especially birds) have evolved cut-off from the rest of the world, and cut-off  from predators. Because of this predator-free state, the wildlife in NZ did not have to run or fly away, causing them to become ground dwelling and very curious. Unfortunately, when Europeans arrived, they brought with them rats, mice and possums etc, that began to hunt and destroy both the unique animals and plant life we have here in New Zealand, our wildlife, not used to predators, took a heavy blow. Now, many of the species I have listed above are endangered and we are doing every thing we can to help them.

    Here are some useful websites if you want to find out more;






    I hope you like New Zealand- I certainly do! And I hope you like learning more about our fantastic wildlife. Below is a young Kiwi and a Male stitchbird.060217_kiwi.jpg


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