Conservation is at the heart of Wildlife NZ. In this section we will bring you links to organisations dedicated to conservation in New Zealand, resources you can use, education information and issues and events relating to conservation. The focus of this section is conservation, for more general biology, ecology, etc see our Wildlife section.
Statistics compiled by the IUCNs Red List indicate a steady trend towards species loss world wide.
In 1996 of 24,284 vertebrate species evaluated, 3,314 were rated threatened - by 2006 the number had risen to 5,624; that is 23% of evaluated vertebrate species were listed as Critically Endangered, Endangered or Threatened.
For Invertebrates of 3,978 species evaluated in 1996 the number of threatened species were 1,891 rising to 2,101- 53% by 2006.
Consider also that the Red List describe 58,808 vertebrate and 1,190,200 invertebrate species so only a small proportion have been evaluated. The trend is frightening.