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The New Zealand Tuatara

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The tuatara has been classified as endangered species since 1895. Tuataras, like many of New Zealand's native animals, are threatened by habitat loss and introduced species, such as mustelids and rats. They were extinct on the mainland, with the remaining populations confined to 32 offshore islands, until the first mainland release into the heavily fenced and monitored Karori Wildlife Sanctuary in 2005.



  

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Author & photographer: David Johnson (Virtual Oceania)


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