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New AI Predator Detection Tools Available

Thursday, 11 July 2024, 12:37 pm | Department of Conservation

The Cacophony Project’s ‘DOC AI CAM’ and ASG Technologies Ltd’s ‘PredaCAM’ both use AI technology with portable ‘cameras’ to spot predators including rats, stoats and possums which sends information from remote sites to users to allow a ... More >>

DOC Frustrated By “Completely Avoidable” Dog Attacks On Penguins

Monday, 8 July 2024, 2:42 pm | Department of Conservation

Although Wellington City Council recently erected fencing and a sign warning of fines for unleashed dogs, an eyewitness saw a dog near penguin nesting boxes within the fenced area. More >>

Hunt For Rogue Rat Steps Up On Motutapu

Wednesday, 26 June 2024, 2:39 pm | Department of Conservation

The joint Department of Conservation and Ngāi Tai Ki Tāmaki response began when a DOC ranger spotted a rat on the island in late April. More >>

Kākāriki Baby Boom Boosts Bird Count

Thursday, 20 June 2024, 2:02 pm | Department of Conservation

Yellow-crowned parakeet/kākāriki numbers in the Landsborough valley tripled last spring compared to the previous year, results of the annual DOC bird count show. More >>

Great Walk Bookings Rise But Spaces Left

Wednesday, 19 June 2024, 11:14 am | Department of Conservation

Great Walks bookings have increased as the Heaphy and Lake Waikaremoana tracks return after closures in recent years. Bookings opened for the ten Great Walks from 28 May to 6 June and as of last week, total bed-nights booked were up by 13% on last year. ... More >>

DOC Prepares For Seal Silly Season

Monday, 17 June 2024, 1:00 pm | Department of Conservation

DOC is asking public to be on the lookout for juvenile pinnipeds (adventurous fur seals, sea lions and seals) that may start appearing in unusual locations, a period often referred to as ‘seal silly season’. More >>

Predator Control Comes Home To Roost For Pekapeka

Thursday, 6 June 2024, 2:12 pm | Department of Conservation

Department of Conservation rangers in Whirinaki Te Pua-ā-Tāne Conservation Park have discovered a possible record-breaking roost of threatened long-tailed bats/pekapeka. More >>

No Goats Detected In Tongariro National Park, But No Time For Complacency

Wednesday, 29 May 2024, 1:50 pm | Department of Conservation

An extensive thermal aerial survey has not detected wild goats in Tongariro National Park, but the Department of Conservation is calling for the public to stay vigilant. More >>

Kākāpō Test Out New Island Home

Tuesday, 28 May 2024, 4:12 pm | Department of Conservation

A cohort of kākāpō are settling into a new home on Coal Island/Te Puka-Hereka in Fiordland following a successful translocation on Friday. The Department of Conservation, Ngāi Tahu and Coal Island Trust moved four male kākāpō to the Fiordland site ... More >>

Baffling Problem, Baffling Solution

Friday, 24 May 2024, 11:12 am | Department of Conservation

Research on the West Coast will help taonga freshwater fish like īnanga get past barriers blocking their travel such as culverts and pipes. More >>

Orca ‘Body Slam’ Shocks DOC, Leads To Infringement Fine

Tuesday, 21 May 2024, 6:13 pm | Department of Conservation

DOC Principal Investigation Officer Hayden Loper says the 50-year-old Auckland man showed reckless disregard for his own safety – and that of the adult male orca with a calf swimming near the vessel. More >>

Respect Orca By Keeping Drones At A Distance

Monday, 20 May 2024, 3:05 pm | Department of Conservation

Recent sightings of a pod of orca and a large sperm whale around Napier have prompted DOC to remind people not to use drones near these animals. More >>

Man Fined Over Shark Decapitation

Friday, 17 May 2024, 1:39 pm | Department of Conservation

Great white sharks are protected under the Wildlife Act 1953, meaning it is illegal to hunt, kill, or otherwise harm them, or to possess or trade in any part of the animals. Any offence under this Act is liable for fines of up to $250,000 and up ... More >>

Largest Subantarctic Field Season Wraps Up

Tuesday, 7 May 2024, 3:09 pm | Department of Conservation

DOC Marine Bycatch and Threats Manager Kris Ramm says much of the work focused on filling knowledge gaps for species as well as maintaining and fixing important field infrastructure. More >>

Get Ready For Great Walks Bookings To Open

Tuesday, 30 April 2024, 2:25 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation has announced bookings for New Zealand’s Great Walks will open from 28 May to 6 June for the next season. More >>

DOC Response To Pest Incursion On Te Haupa/Saddle Island In Full Swing

Wednesday, 24 April 2024, 12:53 pm | Department of Conservation

Two rats have been caught just days after the Department of Conservation (DOC) set out freshly baited traps on Te Haupa/ Saddle Island north of Auckland. More >>

Emerald Lakes Freed From Weeds

Friday, 19 April 2024, 9:56 am | Department of Conservation

Tongariro Alpine Crossing’s distinctive Emerald Lakes are weed free again thanks to years of work by Department of Conservation staff. Known for their jewel-like colours caused by dissolved minerals, the Emerald Lake-shores and shallows have been ... More >>

Canterbury Spotted Skink In Serious Trouble

Thursday, 18 April 2024, 10:47 am | Department of Conservation

This discovery means the Canterbury spotted skink’s overall population is considerably smaller than our previous estimates. More >>

Replacing Traps For A Kiwi-friendly Future

Wednesday, 17 April 2024, 3:54 pm | Department of Conservation

The Remutaka Conservation Trust, supported by the Department of Conservation, is replacing predator traps across their 7500-hectare pest control network in southern Remutaka Forest to ensure kiwi continue to thrive. The Trust first reintroduced kiwi ... More >>

Pānui: Rāhui, Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Tuesday, 9 April 2024, 9:02 pm | Department of Conservation

It is with great sadness that Ngāti Hikairo ki Tongariro and Ngati Tūwharetoa acknowledge a recent death in Tongariro National Park. More >>





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