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Endangered Species

NZ Birds Online
A searchable encyclopedia of New Zealand birds including detailed expert information, sound recordings and photographs

BUGZ: Bibliography of NZ terrestrial invertebrates
Database of literature on New Zealand's terretrial invertebrates

NZ Lizards Database
Database of information and literature on New Zealand's lizards

NZ Native Fish
Information on New Zealand's native fish and their conservation

Monarch Butterfly New Zealand Trust
Information on New Zealand's butterflies and their conservation

NZ Whale & Dolphin Trust
Information on New Zealand's whales and dolphins and their conservation

New Zealand Plant Conservation Network
Information, photographs and maps of New Zealand's c. 5,000 native and exotic plant species

Information on New Zealand's frogs and their conservation

Conservation Projects (A - M)

Projects that are working to save endangered species, either in New Zealand, or overseas.

Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust
A partnership between commercial operators who use the Abel Tasman area, the Department of Conservation and the local community to enhance the biodiversity and visitor experience of the area

Ahipara Community Coastcare Group
A community group protecting the beaches of Ahipara in Northland

Aorangi Awarua Trust (pdf) 
A community group protecting East Coast kiwi 

Aorangi Restoration Trust
A group protecting little blue penguin on the Aorangi coast, southern Wairarapa

Ashley Rivercare Group
A community group protecting riverbed birds and their habitat in the Ashley River

Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust
A community group seeking to protect the natural habitats and wildlife of Banks Peninsula

Bluff Hill/Motupohue Environment Trust
A community group restoring Bluff Hill near Invercargill

Brown Teal
Information on pateke/brown teal and their conservation

Chatham Island Taiko Trust
The taiko protection project on the Chatham Islands

Ducks Unlimited
Protecting New Zealand's waterfowl

East Taranaki Environment Trust
East Taranaki Environment Trust was formed by a group of landowners dedicated to enhancing kiwi habitat through pest management in East Taranaki

Enhancing the Halo
The project seeking to expand the success of Zealandia out into the surrounding Wellington suburbs by providing habitat and protecting the new native wildlife from urban predators

Environment Canterbury's Natural Environment Recovery Programme
Programme to restore and enhance Canterbury's natural environment following the Canterbury earthquakes

Fiordland Conservation Trust
The Fiordland Conservation Trust is a community-driven initiative supporting conservation projects in Fiordland, Southland and NZ's Sub-Antarctic Islands

Forest & Bird
Forest & Bird is involved in hundreds of conservation projects across the country - from forest restoration to breeding programmes

Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust
A community group restoring and managing the wildlife and plants at several sites in the central & eastern North Island

Greening Waipara
A project integrating protecting biodiversity with increasing the sustainability of vineyards at Waipara in northern Canterbury

Kaharoa Kokako Trust
Protecting kokako in Kaharoa Forest near Rotorua

Kakapo Recovery Programme
Information on kakapo and their conservation

Kea Conservation Trust
Protecting the world's only alpine parrot

Manawahe Kokako Trust
Kokako protection in Manawahe, Rangitaiki

Moehau Environment Group
Our vision is to become the largest open sanctuary in New Zealand - a remote coastal landscape at the top of the Coromandel Peninsula where people live, work and holiday; wetlands and forests are regenerating; the bird-song is deafening; and treasured species like kiwi, pateke, bellbird, whitehead thrive

Mohua Charitable Trust
Protecting native forest birds, particularly mohua/yellowhead, in the South island

Conservation Projects (N - Z)

New Zealand Conservation Trust
Information on kiwi conservation projects

New Zealand Fairy Tern Charitable Trust
Information on the fairy tern and their conservation

New Zealand Landcare Trust
An NGO promoting sustainable land management through community involvement

New Zealand Native Forests Restoration Trust
A group creating and managing reserves to protect native forests and wetlands throughout New Zealand

NZ Grassland Association
An organisation involved in the management of pastoral grasslands, including native tussock grasslands

Okareka Mistletoe Restoration Project
Mistletoe restoration project at Lake Okareka near Rotorua

Omaha Shorebird Protection Trust
Protecting shorebirds and their habitat on Omaha Spit and in Whangateau Harbour near Auckland

Oroua Blue Duck Protection Programme

A community group protecting whio in the Oroua River in Hawkes Bay (opens pdf)

Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group

A community group eradicating possums from Otago Peninsula

Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust

Protecting kiwi and reintroducing kokako to Otanewainuku Forest near Tauranga

Pomona Island Charitable Trust
A community group restoring Pomona Island in Fiordland

Predator free Rakiura
The project to rid Stewart Island of introduced predators

Project Crimson
Enabling pohutukawa and rata to flourish again in their natural habitat, as icons in the hearts and minds of all New Zealanders

Project Janszoon
A group restoring the ecology of the Abel Tasman National Park

Project Jonah
Project Jonah advocates for the conservation of whales and dolphins and assists when they become stranded

Project Kiwi Trust
Project Kiwi Trust is a kiwi conservation initiative saving North Island brown kiwi on the Kuaotunu Peninsula, near Whitianga on the Coromandel's east coas

Quail Island Ecological Restoration Trust
A community group restoring Quail Island in Lyttelton Harbour

Southland Community Nursery
A community-run native plant nursery near Invercargill

Stewart Island/Rakiura Community & Environment Trust
A community group involved in protecting the wildlife and forests of Rakiura/Stewart island

Taranaki Young Conservationists
The Facebook page of a group of young conservationists in Taranaki

Tawharanui Open Sanctuary Society Inc
A publicly-accessible fenced sanctuary at Tawharanui Regional Park, near Auckland, which is undertaking habitat restoration and reintroduction of various species in a coastal forest

Te Puka-Hereka Charitable Trust
A community group restoring Te Puka-Hereka/Coal Island in Fiordland

Thames Coast Kiwi Care Trust
Protecting and enhancing kiwi populations on the Thames Coast

The Kiwi Trust/Kiwis for kiwi
Information on kiwi and their conservation

Travis Wetland Trust
Restoring the Travis Wetland near Christchurch

Ulva Island Charitable Trust
A group keeping Ulva Island, near Stewart Island, free from introduced pests and reintroducing birds

West Coast Blue Penguin Trust
Information on blue penguin and their conservation on the West Coast

Whakatane Kiwi Trust
Protecting kiwi in the Whakatane area

Whio Forever
A joint project between Genesis Energy and DOC to protect whio

Wildlife New Zealand
Web resource on New Zealand Conservation

Wingspan National Birds of Prey Trust 
Information on New Zealand's birds of prey (raptors) and their conservation

World Wildlife Fund NZ
Species protection projects supported by the New Zealand branch of the world's largest conservation organisation

Yellow-Eyed Penguin Trust
Protecting the hoiho/yellow-eyed penguin

Zealandia: The Karori Sanctuary Experience
One of New Zealand's first predator-proof fenced sanctuaries at Karori in Wellingon


Other organisations and groups that provide funds for the conservation of endangered species

Air New Zealand Environment Trust
Air New Zealand's Environment Trust helps communities, supports projects, gives grants, as well as funding research and development into ways to enhance New Zealand's environment

BIO - Biodiversity information Online
Information on the funding available from the New Zealand government for conservation programmes

Department of Conservation
Information on funding available from the Department of Conservation for community conservation programmes

Endangered Species Chocolate
Animal-shaped endangered species chocolate!

EO Wilson Biodiversity Foundation
An international foundation supporting biodiversity research and education initiatives that promote and inform worldwide preservation of our biological heritage

New Zealand National Parks and Conservation Foundation
The New Zealand National Parks and Conservation Foundation aims to challenge and enable business, private individual and visitors to contribute to the conservation estate for the benefit of all

NEXT Foundation
The NEXT Foundation seeks to fund large, innovative projects

Sargood bequest
The Sargood Bequest makes grants to projects and activities in the children & youth, cultural, sports & outdoors, educational and environmental areas with a focus on access, participation and inspiration

Speight's Fund
The Speight's Fund supports not-for-profit groups working to preserve and protect Otago's natural environment

Sustainable Farming Fund
A fund to assist farmers, growers, aquaculture and forestry in developing sustainable framing techniques run by the Ministry for Primary Industry

Turner Endangered Species Fund
An international foundation conserving biodiversity by ensuring the persistence of imperiled species and their habitats (website under construction)

Conservation Techniques

Information about the techniques and products that people are using to save endangered species. 

Captive breeding & plant propagation

Centre for Plant Conservation
A network of 39 botanical institutions with a mission to conserve and restore the imperiled native plants of the United States to secure them from extinction
Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust
Information on the wildlife and plant breeding programme at the Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust at Peacock Springs in Christchurch
Southland Community Nursery
Advice on restoring natural areas in Southland

Conservation status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
The international conservation status of the world's wildlife (note: NZ uses a different conservation status system)
IUCN Species Specialist Groups
The specialists who advise the International Union for the Conservation of Nature on the conservation status of the world's wildlife
New Zealand Threat Classification Series
Documents on the current conservation status of New Zealand's indigenous plants and animals by group

Habitat restoration

National Wetland Trust of New Zealand
Information on the restoration and management of wetlands
Nature Space
Advice and resources from a collective of hundreds of community conservation groups

Mapping & databases

Alliance for Zero Extinction
An initiative involving several international conservation NGOs that identifies important sites for the protection of endangered species
BIO - Biodiversity information Online
A New Zealand government information portal to mapped conservation information
A New Zealand government information portal to more than 300 biodiversity information resources
Electronic Atlas of Amphibians & Reptiles in NZ
Map of lizard sightings in New Zealand
Global Forest Watch
Map showing the extent and threats to the world's forests
Maori Maps
Map showing the location of marae with information and photographs
The NZ Tree Register
Database of large or historic trees in New Zealand


Biodiversity inventory and Monitoring Toolbox
A toolbox developed by the Department of Conservation to help plan and undertake monitoring projects

Planning, policy & legislation

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species
Information on protecting species from the international wildlife trade

Predator control

Department of Conservation Guide
Standard Operating Procedures for controlling predators

Department of Conservation Guide -
Rat Eradication
Current Best Practice for rat eradication using aerial baiting
Global Invasive Species Database
Database of 100 worst invasive pest species throughout the globe
Invasive Species Specialist Group
Advice on the control of invasive species


Research into natural ways of protecting New Zealand from plant pests, diseases & weeds

IUCN Biodiversity & Protected Areas Management Programme
The International Union for Conservation of Nature's  Biodiversity & Protected Areas Management Programme with an aim of enhance existing institutions and networks by making the best available science and knowledge available for building capacity to improve policies and better decision-making on biodiversity conservation, protected areas management and access and benefit sharing

Saving Species
A science-driven approach to conservation decisions

Site protection & Sanctuaries

Sanctuaries of NZ

The predator-proof fenced sanctuaries in New Zealand and their management and projects 


Reintroduction Specialist Group
Documents, guidelines and information on trans-locations and re-introductions of plants and animals from the International Union for Conservation of Nature's 

Weed control

Research into natural ways of protecting New Zealand from plant pests, diseases & weeds
Department of Conservation
Standard Operating Procedures for controlling weeds
Global Invasive Species Database
Database of 100 worst invasive pest species throughout the globe
Invasive Species Specialist Group
Advice on the control of invasive species
Information on the control of New Zealand weeds

Wildlife health

Department of Conservation
Information on wildlife health and dealing with sick or injured wildlife
New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine
The New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine at Auckland Zoo

Foundation Facts

  • 4,000
    endangered species
  • Just
    of our most critically endangered Māui Dolphins remain
  • As little as
    can save many of our
    endangered species
  • Only
    species are currently in
    conservation programmes