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  •  2 images of the NZ blood-sucking leech Richardsonianus mauianus
    Rights: Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, CC BY 4.0 Published 4 September 2019 Size: 130 KB Referencing Hub media

    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.

    Image of Richardsonianus mauianus, Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, CC BY 4.0

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