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New Zealand Birds and Animals

New Zealand Birds and Animals
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WWF New Zealand - Protecting our native species New Zealand is a true ‘hot spot’ for albatrosses,. Nearly half of the world’s 22 albatross species breed here, and many of these breed nowhere else. Yet tens of thousands of seabirds including albatross are killed each year by fishing operations. Of the species that breed only in New Zealand, the Chatham albatross is listed by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) as 'critically endangered' and the northern royal albatross is 'endangered'. To stop seabird numbers declining further, WWF is part of Southern Seabird Solutions, which unites fishers, industry, government and WWF in the common cause of saving seabirds. Southern Seabird Soultions exists to help fishers fish smarter, ensuring seabird-friendly fishing is practised throughout New Zealand fleets and internationally, so more seabirds return to New Zealand shores safely.

Kiwi The Kiwi is endemic, meaning it is only found in New Zealand. New Zealanders have adopted it as their national symbol. A looong beak Kiwi have long beaks with nostrils at the tip for sniffing out their favourite foods like worms, spiders and other insects. Their beaks also have organs that sense vibrations in the soil which helps them find wriggling insects underground when they poke their beak deep into the dirt. Teeny, tiny wings Kiwi have wings but they are very very small which means kiwi are flightless. Camouflage feathers Kiwi feathers are rough, shaggy and brown and have special patterns and colours to camouflage them on the ground. What's that smell? Kiwi have a very distinctive smell - some say that they smell like a forest mushroom. Kiwi kick boxers Kiwi defend themselves using their powerful legs and sharp claws to kick and scratch at anything attacking them. Supersized eggs Female kiwis lay enormous eggs that can take up 20 percent of their body and weigh around 430g. Night Walkers

New Zealand Plants and Animals Image by Jon Sullivan Department of Conservation A useful resource that outlines the different aspects of the Department of Conservation with a particularly useful link on native species and what threatens them. Suggested level: intermediate, Many Answers To discover information on the home work site Many Answers use the search term plants. Suggested level: primary, intermediate, Native Forests This fact sheet from the Kiwi Conservation Club's website describes the different types of native forest, why our forests are so important and how we can help protect them. Suggested level: primary, Nature watch NZ The Nature watch NZ website is well set out with thumbnail pictures to help guide you through the information provided by Wikipedia on native flora and fauna. Suggested level: New Zealand birds online New Zealand Bush

New Zealand Sport New Zealand is a country known as being very active in sport. You will always find New Zealanders playing or doing one sport or other in parks, at the beach or anywhere with a bit of space. Something worth noting is that despite New Zealand being a relatively small country of only 4 million people, New Zealanders do very well on the international scene at the highest levels. In the last Olympic Games in London (2012), New Zealand obtained 6 Gold medals, 2 Silver medals and 5 Bronze medals. The main sports in New Zealand The national sport of New Zealand is Rugby. The main sports in New Zealand are: Rugby Netball Cricket But the following sports are also common … Tennis Golf Cycling Softball Triathlon Rowing Yachting Touch Rugby Rugby League Surf Polo Ski Extreme Sports New Zealand is the birthplace of extreme sports and adventure. Some extreme/adventure sports that you can do in New Zealand: Sport and Children National Colours of New Zealand Names of New Zealand Sport Teams

Dunedin, Otago & Taieri Gorge Train Journeys | Dunedin Railways, NZ New Zealand's threatened birds: Endangered species vs threatened species Is there a difference between threatened and endangered species? Endangered species and threatened species are, to many people, just different ways of describing the same thing — an at-risk plant or animal. For DOC and other scientists the terms mean two different things. We describe our species using the New Zealand Threat Classification System, which uses nationally understood and consistent categories and criteria to assess risk of extinction. In this system, a threatened species is an umbrella term used to describe a range of risk categories, whereas an endangered species is one specific category. New Zealand Threat Classification System categories 'Non-resident native’ is a collective term for species in these categories: 'Data Deficient’ species are so poorly known that we cannot assign them to any of the categories in the system. Criteria for New Zealand threat rankings Primary critera * Predicted and ongoing due to existing threats Text description of primary criteria table: Declining

Fun adventures in New Zealand Beaches, boats, and BBQ's. New Zealand has over 14,000km of coastline, from sheltered sandy beaches to spots a bit more rugged and remote. Needless to say there’s a fair bit to do – swimming, surfing, diving, fishing, sailing and sand-dune boarding to name a few. It’s all here, and it’s all uniquely New Zealand. Read the blog here › Food, wine, nightlife & wildlife. Read the blog here › Maori, mud pools & friendly locals. Read the blog here › Stunning scenery, friendly wildlife, epic encounters. Read the blog here › Road-trips, music festivals & good vibes. Read the blog here › Epic adventures, both on & off the snow. Read the blog here ›

New Zealand country profile - Overview New Zealand is a wealthy Pacific nation dominated by two cultural groups: New Zealanders of European descent; and the Maori, the descendants of Polynesian settlers. It is made up of two main islands and numerous smaller ones. Around three-quarters of the population lives on the North Island, which is also home to the capital, Wellington. Agriculture is the economic mainstay, but manufacturing and tourism are important. Visitors are drawn to the glacier-carved mountains, lakes, beaches and thermal springs. Because of the islands' geographical isolation, much of the flora and fauna is unique to the country. New Zealand plays an active role in Pacific affairs. Read full overviewRead more country profiles - Profiles by BBC Monitoring Population 4.5 million Area 270,534 sq km (104,454 sq miles) Major languages English, Maori Major religion Christianity Life expectancy 79 years (men), 83 years (women) Currency New Zealand dollar Getty Images Prime minister: John Key Read full profile

Threatened species New Zealand’s lizard-like tuatara once lived throughout New Zealand, but became extinct on the mainland after humans arrived. The species survived on some nearshore islands, but people, dogs, cats and rats soon took their toll. Fortunately, people can also do good: raising tuatara in captivity, and removing predators from the islands. Full story by Gerard Hutching and Carl Walrond Main image: Mahoenui giant wētā A quick, easy summary Read the Full Story What is a threatened species? When a species dwindles to very low numbers or lives in just one place in the wild, it is threatened: it may become extinct. Why do species become threatened? It is natural for species to slowly die out. destroying habitats (e.g. farming, pollution) bringing in weeds and pests over-harvesting (e.g. fish, birds). Human impact in New Zealand New Zealand’s plants and animals evolved free of many predators. Threatened species Saving birds … and other species Also being saved and protected are rare species such as:

South Africa for Kids: Facts about South Africa. Written by kids for kids Here are some interesting facts about South Africa for kids which were chosen and researched by kids especially for kids. Population: 55 million people live in South Africa (2015)Capital: Pretoria "The Jacaranda City", which also often is referred to as 'Tshwane' as the municipality changed name in 2007, has got 2.3 million inhabitants.Name: Republic of South Africa, RSA, ZA ("Zuid Afrika")Government: DemocracyLanguages: 11 official languages: isiZulu, Afrikaans, English, isiXhosa, siSwati, Sesotho, Xitsonga, Sepedi, isiNdebele, Setswana, TshivendaReligion: mainly Christians and Muslims, but also Jews and other faiths.Currency: 1 South African Rand (ZAR)= 100 CentsHistory: South Africa was led by Apartheid leaders until Nelson Mandela came free from prison and became the first democratically elected leader in South Africa in 1994.National Symbols: Protea (flower), Springbok (antelope) and others. Click here.Climate: Various climatic regions. South Africa for Kids: South Africa Geography

New Zealand Activities | Activities & Things to Do in New Zealand Skiing, bungy jumping, hiking, jet boating... New Zealand is the ultimate destination for fun and adventure. Your only problem will be finding the time to fit everything in! Discover some of New Zealand's best kept secrets, with world class wineries and wine regions, amazing walking and hiking amongst the spectacular landscapes and national parks of New Zealand, epic ski fields for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts, and top mountain biking and cycling tracks and trails. Wherever you go in New Zealand you will have no trouble finding activities.

Africa Lesson Plans and Resources In addition to the printables that can be used for any country study, I make additional sheets for specific countries ~ mapping activities and flag notebooking sheets {and sometimes more!}. Our studies of Africa include units on the following countries:EgyptKenyaMoroccoNigeriaSouth AfricaTanzaniaBelow I have included links to the printables for each country as well as links for our favorite books and resources, along with blog posts that provide some great websites to help you in your study of that country. We took three weeks to study the country of Egypt and focused quite a bit on mummies and pyramids. Egypt is such a HUGE country to study with amazing history that could last for an entire year, and we only tapped into a little bit of what we could have. Our study included mummifying apples, making doll mummies and working on a small lapbook of things we had learned. The last two weeks we primarily used used the Magic Tree House Mummies and Pyramids guide by Mary Pope Osborne.