Sam holding his book open.

The reptile files: your guide to identifying reptiles and amphibians in Aotearoa

The search for native reptiles is a bit like a Hollywood drama. There’s adventure and suspense, elation and heartbreak and sometimes, despite overwhelming odds, the main character gets what they’re after. If anyone knows this, it’s Sam Purdie – even if he can’t find the words to describe it. The herpetologist, wildlife photographer and science … Continue reading The reptile files: your guide to identifying reptiles and amphibians in Aotearoa

Someone scrolling through social media

Click for conservation: Can social media make a difference for native species?

If you’re reading this because you clicked on a social media link, this story is for you. Before you got here, you were probably scrolling aimlessly through your feed, and somewhere between the ad for pet food, the latest celebrity scandal and a viral TikTok recipe, you saw this post, which made you stop. Maybe … Continue reading Click for conservation: Can social media make a difference for native species?

Hannah holding one of her art pieces.

The art of conservation: How artists are helping save our wildlife 

When it comes to protecting the native and endemic wildlife of Aotearoa, a pen and a camera are just as vital as traps and bait. Across the motu, artists and creatives take inspiration from our wild environments and the special animals which call them home. Their art is a celebration of these unique species but … Continue reading The art of conservation: How artists are helping save our wildlife 

Jade with a trap box in the forest.

‘Putting power in their hands’: the student teaching a community to trap

Predator Free Riccarton is one of the newest community trapping groups in Christchurch and there’s plenty of work ahead for the tenacious group of volunteers. For Jade Humphrey, the future is birds. Lots of birds. But as the founder of Predator Free Riccarton, the present is rats. Lots of rats. “We were doing monitoring and … Continue reading ‘Putting power in their hands’: the student teaching a community to trap