Below are some wildlife photos that I took on a recent trip to New Zealand. New Zealand has an amazing diversity of bird life. It has no native land mammals, other than introduced species (many of which are pests, such as the possum). However there are a few bats, as well as seals, dolphins and whales. New Zealand has few reptiles and amphibians, but the most notable is the extraordinary Tuatara. Stay tuned for Part 2!
A native skink (lizard) at the Wellington Zoo
A native parrot
A native skink at the Wellington Zoo
Shags at the Royal Albatross Colony, Dunedin
Royal Albatross nesting, Dunedin
Mother and baby gull
Baby gulls waiting to be fed
Sleeping Seals in Milford Sound
New Zealand Kia (alpine parrot), Milford Sound
For more on New Zealand wildlife, see A Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand (Princeton Pocket Guides) or Hand Guide to the Birds of New Zealand or New Zealand Wildlife (Bradt Travel Guide).
A learned a long time ago that zoos are a great way to see the local wildlife in any country. Many zoos (outside the US) specialize in local wildlife collections. Wellington Zoo has fantastic enclosures with local birdlife (including a walk-through Kiwi enclosure), Tuatara, native lizards and insects like the Weta.
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Stay tuned for more photos!