Right now Aotearoa New Zealand is facing a biodiversity crisis. Help us create a world where biodiversity is cared for by us all.
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Tara iti chick - DoC

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
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Tara iti, NZ Fairy Tern Protection Programme

We need your help to advocate for this tiny bird, that has chicks the size of a bumble bee.

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

With your support we can work to stop sand mining, beach narrowing, weed invasion, predators, human disturbance and loss of marine life, which are all a major threat to these birds.


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 that have been lost and actions that need to be taken for new top 50.


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