Credits | Ghosts of Gondwana | Television | NZ On Screen
Ghosts of Gondwana - Long isolated, New Zealand contains a world of Alice Through the Looking Glass natural oddities: birds, insects and plants like nowhere else. American scientist Jared Diamond remarked "it is the nearest approach to life on another planet". Palaeontology (from Professor Michael Archer) and Māori myth (told by Hirini Melbourne) reveal these 'Ghosts of Gondwana'. Then cutting edge camera techniques (earning a Merit Award at the 2002 International Wildlife Film…
The Wild Podcast #21 Ben Paris - New Zealand Native Bats
Ben Paris aka New Zealand Batman is a real life conservation superhero. By day he works at Auckland Zoo but come night he is New Zealand's greatest champion for our only native land mammals.
Spinotectarchus acornutus is a species of stick insect endemic to New Zealand. It belongs to the family Diapheromeridae, and is the only member of the genus Spinotectarchus. It is commonly referred to as the spiny ridge-backed stick insect.
Sound of Science: Saving our snails | Conservation blog
Science Advisor Kath Walker has been studying Powelliphanta snails for nearly four decades and has recently submitted her PhD on this ancient lineage of snail - an awesome achievement to someone so dedicated to these quirky creatures, which are special to some of our most rugged and wild landscapes.
There are two families of wētā in New Zealand. The Anostostomatidae are wētā we often associate with heavy bodies, spiky legs and curved tusks – the giant, tusked, tree and ground wētā species. The Rhaphidophoridae – cave wētā – are the athletes that can jump up to 3 metres in a single leap!
Our native trees
Our native trees - PLD WEBINAR VIDEO and PPT. In this recorded professional learning session, Lyn Rogers from the Science Learning Hub and Ben Moorhouse from the Department of Conservation introduce some readily available resources and model activities about New Zealand’s native trees.
New Zealand Plant Conservation Network
NZ Plant Conservation Network - WEBSITE Our unique strength is in linking people interested in plant conservation with comprehensive, accessible and accurate information to support their efforts in promoting and conserving native plants. By fostering plant identification and conservation skills, providing an online one-stop shop for conservation best practice, and emphasising the importance of working together, our vision can be achieved.
Despite living amongst plants with large seeds, extinct giant moa dispersed only tiny seeds
Jo Carpenter This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. When the giant moa of New Zealand were hunted to extinction about five centuries ago, the disappearance of the birds themselves was one of several losses. There were nine species of moa that ranged in size from 15 to 250 kilograms. Moa belong to a group of mostly large, flightless and herbivorous birds called ratites. Like the Australian mihirungs or the Madagascan elephant birds, they would…
Freshwater fish of New Zealand
New Zealand’s streams, lakes, rivers and wetlands support around 54 species of native fish including galaxiids, bullies, eels, lamprey, black flounder, torrentfish, smelt and mullet – and these are just the ones we know of that have been identified and classified! There are potentially 15 new galaxiid species that have been recently found in the South Island, but they are yet to be named.