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Conservation

Flying the nest

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At this time of year fledgling birds are everywhere: trailing after mum and dad begging for food, copying the behaviour of adults, and generally figuring out how to make their way in the big wide world. What should you look for to distinguish fledglings from adult birds? 

Volunteers ridding Highbury suburb of Old Man’s Beard

Media Release

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A group of volunteers are on a mission to rid Wellington of Old Man’s Beard, a vine that smothers our New Zealand native bush.

Following on from their success in clearing Old Man’s Beard from several reserves, the Old Man’s Beard Free Wellington (OMBFW) group now plan to clear the vine from the suburb of Highbury. Old Man’s Beard (Clematis Vitalba) is a vine that spreads rapidly in the New Zealand climate, smothering our native bush.

Plastic free Urupā

Is it time to say goodbye to plastic flowers?

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Over the last few years, the plastic free movement has taken off. Plastic bags are no longer given out at supermarkets, keep cups are a staple at cafes and recently plastic cutlery has been banned across the country. In a time where plastic reduction has become so normalised, have you ever thought about the use of plastic flowers in cemeteries? 

Media release: Tuatara siblings move to Wellington Zoo as Zealandia ecosanctuary's wild population flourishes

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Two captive tuatara who have called Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne (Zealandia) home for the past decade have found a new home at Wellington Zoo.

Staff from Zealandia and Wellington Zoo, and representatives of Taranaki Whānui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika, Ngāti Toa Rangatira and Ngāti Koata, came together yesterday to move the sibling pair, Tāne and Tuahine.

Takahē Recovery - Backing the underbird, since 1948

Written by Philip Marsh - Project Lead of Takahē Sanctuary Sites at the Department of Conservation.

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In the last century, there have been some amazing stories of conservation, but none quite like the story of the takahē - from being thought extinct to rediscovery and now steadily making a comeback with ongoing conservation efforts.

Let's rewind to 1948 when one person's obsession kickstarted one of the most amazing rediscoveries ever.

Take Action: Be a conservation-minded pet parent

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Our “fur-babies” are important members of our families, but they can also impact our local environments. 

That's why Gini, our Senior Communications Advisor who knows a thing or two about responsible cat ownership (she even wrote her thesis on it!), is here to help. She's got some great tips on how you can keep both your pets and native wildlife safe and happy!  

For the love of sponges

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"Little is known about Aotearoa New Zealand’s freshwater sponges. To date, only one species has been studied, yet there is a high likelihood that many other exist without us knowing. For my master’s project, I am investigating the diversity of species within New Zealand."

Dive into the world of freshwater sponges with Ella, a passionate master's student from the University of Otago, New Zealand. 

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