Our quirky and unique birds receive a lot of attention but they are only one subset of endemic and native animals. Aotearoa New Zealand’s long isolation from other land masses means that many of our native creatures – from snails to skinks to wētā – are quite unusual. Many other native animals also need our protection from habitat loss and introduced predators.
The following introductory articles curate Hub resources about different groups of native animals.
- Insects – article
- Moths – article
- Butterflies – article
- Wētā – article
- Reptiles and amphibians – article
- Earthworms – article
- Freshwater fish (English and te reo Māori versions) – article
- Birds (general) – article
- Ducks – article
- Takahē – article
Image of Richardsonianus mauianus, Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, CC BY 4.0