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Animals in New Zealand
New Zealand is a country located in the Southern Hemisphere. Hundreds of millions of years ago, the country belonged to a much larger mass of land, which was also a part of the continent of Asia and Australia. As such, there are some species of animals that are somehow similar to that of the Australasian mainland. Marsupials, for example, do thrive in some areas in New Zealand.

The group of islands, being in the middle of the equator and the South Pole, experiences extreme climate. There are parts where rainforests thrive, others are dominated by dry grasslands, while others ' especially those farthest from the equator ' experience winter. These variations of geography and climate allow for the existence of a lot of species.

The Kiwi is long considered as the symbol of New Zealand. It is, after all, the most unique bird in the world. It is a nocturnal creature; it is slow and incapable of flight. This happened several hundred million years ago as a biological adaptive response to the lack of predators in the areas.

Bats are also quite bountiful in the country. Being mountainous with hundreds upon hundreds of caves and large trees, bats consider New Zealand as a haven. The long and short-tailed bats ' the latter is endangered ' all habituate the rainforests where they make colossal trees as their shelter while they dine on fruits.

New Zealand is also home to the
Tuatara
tuatara. The tuatara is actually a reptile who has remained virtually unchanged in its millions of years of existence. As such, it is often regarded as a living fossil. Although it looks mean, it is actually very gentle and prefers to eat green algae.

The last unique species are the shags. Shags are members of the cormorant family. They are excellent divers that can hold their breath for as much as 3 minutes.

Possums, although sometimes considered as a native, actually came from Europe through the settlers who introduced the common brushtail possum to the islands when they arrived centuries ago.


Click here for a list of endangered animals in New Zealand.
Carnivores in New Zealand
Antipodean fur seal
South atlantic elephant-seal
Hooker's sea lion
Dolphins, porpoises, and whales in New Zealand
Shepherd's beaked whale
Hector's dolphin
Cuvier's beaked whale
Atlantic dolphin
Southern right whale
Pacific pilot whale
Long-finned pilot whale
Grey dolphin
Flatheaded bottlenose whale
Pygmy sperm whale
Hourglass dolphin
Dusky dolphin
Southern right whale dolphin
Bunch
Andrews' beaked whale
Blainville's beaked whale
Ginkgo-toothed beaked whale
Gray's beaked whale
Hector's beaked whale
Layard's beaked whale
Killer whale
False killer whale
Common minke whale
Bryde's whale
Blue whale
Bridled dolphin
Common rorqual
Euphrosyne dolphin
Arnoux's beaked whale
Rough-toothed dolphin
Pygmy right whale
Bats in New Zealand
Long-tailed wattled bat
New zealand greater short-tailed bat
New zealand lesser short-tailed bat
Little red flying fox
Rodents in New Zealand
Polynesian rat
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