Inanga They’re sprats, millions of young freshwater fish trying to make their way upstream. Many of our freshwater species are part of the whitebait migration – the most common is inanga. After hatching in inland waters, larvae migrate downstream to spend their first winter at sea. The young sprats return to fresh water in the spring, swimming upstream in huge numbers. Those that escape the whitebait nets mature to continue the whitebait cycle.

Inanga They’re sprats, millions of young freshwater fish trying to make their way upstream. Many of our freshwater species are part of the whitebait migration – the most common is inanga. After hatching in inland waters, larvae migrate downstream to spend their first winter at sea. The young sprats return to fresh water in the spring, swimming upstream in huge numbers. Those that escape the whitebait nets mature to continue the whitebait cycle.

Inanga They’re sprats, millions of young freshwater fish trying to make their way upstream. Many of our freshwater species are part of the whitebait migration – the most common is inanga. After hatching in inland waters, larvae migrate downstream to spend their first winter at sea. The young sprats return to fresh water in the spring, swimming upstream in huge numbers. Those that escape the whitebait nets mature to continue the whitebait cycle.

Inanga They’re sprats, millions of young freshwater fish trying to make their way upstream. Many of our freshwater species are part of the whitebait migration – the most common is inanga. After hatching in inland waters, larvae migrate downstream to spend their first winter at sea. The young sprats return to fresh water in the spring, swimming upstream in huge numbers. Those that escape the whitebait nets mature to continue the whitebait cycle.

Stewart Island kiwi                            A Stewart Island kiwi, or southern tokoeka, flees from a tramper in the Tin Range, Rakiura National Park. These birds behave differently from other kiwi species, forming family groups and feeding in daylight.

Stewart Island kiwi A Stewart Island kiwi, or southern tokoeka, flees from a tramper in the Tin Range, Rakiura National Park. These birds behave differently from other kiwi species, forming family groups and feeding in daylight.

Weka New Zealand South Island

Weka New Zealand South Island

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The weka, / wood hen, is a special bird that lives only in New Zealand,it’s just as feisty and curious as the kea. It can't fly, but it's a fast runner. Not fast enough though – the weka is quite easy to catch. Weka was an important food for Māori and European settlers alike. Wekas favourite foods  - insects, snails, slugs, fruit and even mice, rats and young rabbits.

The weka, / wood hen, is a special bird that lives only in New Zealand,it’s just…

Kauri snail (Pūpūrangi)These snails belong to the oldest family of land snails on earth, dating back 200 million years. Although they look gentle, kauri snails are carnivores who feast on earthworms, insects, and other snails. They have hundreds of small sharp teeth that grind up their prey.

Kauri snail (Pūpūrangi)These snails belong to the oldest family of land snails on earth, dating back 200 million years. Although they look gentle, kauri snails are carnivores who feast on earthworms, insects, and other snails. They have hundreds of small sharp teeth that grind up their prey.

Tuatara live in burrows in native forests.Tuatara grow very slowly and  live for a century or more Tuatara have the lowest body temperature of any reptile in the world. Their slow metabolism means that they can survive by breathing just once every hour! Tuatara ‘spiny back’ in Maori,  they are easily identified by the distinctive ridge of spines down their backs. Males have larger spines than females and can weigh twice as much. tuatara have been wiped out on the mainland by  predatory…

Auckland Zoo is home to 126 different species, over animals and has the largest diversity of wildlife in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

The rare white-bodied giant snail found in New Zealand. Photo: Cara Morel A giant carnivorous albino snail has been found living in New Zealand bushland. A group of trampers stumbled across the white Powelliphanta - only the second recorded - during a trip though the Kahurangi National Park at the tip of the South Island.   Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/giant-meateating-milky-bar-snail-stuns-hikers-20111130-1o7t3.html#ixzz3whH0vXyZ

A giant carnivorous albino snail has been found living in New Zealand bushland.

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Kea (Nestor notabilis) on the forest edge.

Endangered These little birds are the one of the world's smallest ducks. For thousands of years the birds lived in a world without predators. Even birds with tiny wings could breed successfully. Eventually, they evolved into this unique species of flightless teal found nowhere else on Earth. Endemic to Campbell Island, a group of sub-Antarctic islands  You'll find our Campbell Island teal living alongside our Antipodes Island parakeets in The Islands habitat in Te Wao Nui.

Endangered These little birds are the one of the world's smallest ducks. For thousands of years the birds lived in a world without predators. Even birds with tiny wings could breed successfully. Eventually, they evolved into this unique species of flightless teal found nowhere else on Earth. Endemic to Campbell Island, a group of sub-Antarctic islands You'll find our Campbell Island teal living alongside our Antipodes Island parakeets in The Islands habitat in Te Wao Nui.

NZ native creatures of the past

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