Looking after species
©naturepl.com / Doug Perrine / WWF

Looking after species

Protecting threatened marine species

Across the world, there has been 69% drop in monitored wildlife populations since 1970. In one lifetime, we have lost nature at an alarming rate. And we continue to do so. 

In Aotearoa New Zealand, 94% of our reptile species, 82% of bird species, 80% of bat species, 76% of freshwater fish species, 22% of marine mammal species and 46% of vascular plant species are either facing extinction or are at risk of being threatened with extinction. Many of our species are endemic – found nowhere else in the world. 

WWF has the ambitious goal of Zero Extinction. We don’t want to lose any more species than we already have. To achieve that, we work collaboratively with academia, government and other organisations.

We conduct research, campaign for species protection and undertake advocacy on national marine issues, particularly as they relate to Threatened and Endangered species.

© Teo Lucas / Gigante Azul / WWF

Marine Mammals

New Zealand, including our sub-Antarctic islands, is home to many marine mammal species, including dolphins, whales, seals and sea lions. Some of them, like Māui dolphin and the New Zealand sea lion, are found nowhere else. 

Many species are Threatened or Endangered and facing threats from habitat degradation, climate change, commercial fishing operations, and plastics in the oceans.

© Peter Langlands

Sea birds

New Zealand is the seabird capital of the world, home to more than 90 species. A third of them found nowhere else. And a significant number of them Critically Threatened or Endangered.

Commercial fishing practices are one of the greatest threat to seabirds. But other threats include loss of habitat, introduced predators, plastics and climate change.

 

Get Involved

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3 Antipodean albatross

Save the Antipodean albatross

Save the Antipodean Albatross from dying on longline fishing vessels. Call on the Government to make by-catch mitigation measures mandatory.
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Erect crested penguins

Adopt an animal

Help protect New Zealand species by adopting a penguin, albatross or dolphin.
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Volunteers planting

Funding for Community Projects

WWF also supports a range of community-led projects protecting species and restoring habitats

Species News

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Blue whale fluke
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turtle hatchling crawls down beach
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Whio with 3 ducklings
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The Banknote Birds

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two dolphins
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More about Māui and Hector’s dolphins

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Antipodean albatross
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tiger chasing a bird
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Yellow-eyed penguin
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female sea lion
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10 facts about New Zealand sea lions

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Sea lion
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SeaSpotter app could revolutionise marine conservation

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Tiger in grass
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2022 The Year of the Tiger

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Using the drone
Success Story

Māui Dolphin Drone Project

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Close up of leopard seal spots
Report

Can a leopard seal change its spots?

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Leopard seal
Report

Leopard Seal Births

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Hector's dolphin
Resources

Māui Dolphin - Teacher's Resource