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Help our most endangered species

Over 7500 of our indigenous species are in danger of being lost forever. Help protect Aotearoa's most vulnerable by becoming a supporter today.
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Tara iti chick - Aotearoa's most endangered bird. Photo: DoC

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Give our most vulnerable species the best chance

Choose from a project below to to resource positive change for some of Aotearoa’s most endangered species

Help save the world's smallest and rarest dolphin

The Māui Dolphin is one of the rarest and most endangered marine mammals in the world, with only an estimated 63 individuals left.

Urgent action is needed to protect this species from extinction.

Your support can help fund research into the impacts of pollution and diseases on Māui dolphins and how these can be avoided. We will also draw attention to the issues facing the Māui dolphin, including destructive fishing practices and the solutions that are needed. By educating travellers and the New Zealand public on how they can make a difference, we can ensure the survival of this critically endangered species.

Gift Ngutukākā

Once there were less than 100 ngutukākā, the kākābeak plant, left in the wild, but now, thanks to a small group of passionate, dedicated people on the East Coast, over 800 species were planted last year. We need your help to grow and plant more!

​For just $50 you can plant five ngutukākā. ​We are aiming to raise $30,000 which would plant 3,000 ngutukākā. 


Your donation will help plant more of these treasured plants and in return you will receive a beautiful e-card.

Top 50 Endangered Species List

We urgently need to update our Top 50 most endangered species list so that we can make all New Zealanders aware of the species at biggest risk of extinction. To do this we need to

collaborate to update lists with our Advisors, update factsheets and actions needed for top 50, engage in media work and social media campaigns to draw attention to species and actions that need to be taken.


With your help we can increase awareness of what needs to be done to save these unique and beautiful creatures.

Tara iti, NZ Fairy Tern Protection Programme

The tara iti, New Zealand fairy tern is our most threatened bird and is in our Top Ten Most Endangered Species List. There are only nine breeding pairs left and the birds survive on the beaches between Whangarei and Auckland.

With your support we can work to stop sand mining, human disturbance and loss of marine life, which are major threats to these birds.

We Love You, Even If You're Ugly

At the Endangered Species Foundation we save the rarest of the rare. From giant weta fungus to the little known fuzzweed moth - we really do love you, even if you're ugly.

​By adopting a little known creature in danger of extinction, your donation will go towards helping our most endangered taonga survive.


When you adopt a species, you will receive an official adoption certificate and link to the factsheet about your species from the Endangered Species Foundation.

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