, Senior Lecturer and Programme Coordinator for Project Based Learning.Programme, College of Enterprise and Development . Former Leader for Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education, senior lecturer, facilitator, former programme manager
at Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand
New Zealand Natural History Part 2 Flora and Fauna Tourguiding.wordpress.com Hillary Jenkins, Otago Polytechnic 2008
IMPORTANT… Images you are about to see are some of our special places and their inhabitants many of which are ENDEMIC to New Zealand - Features forming New Zealand’s National Parks and the UNESCO World Heritage Status - Features which contribute to a booming tourism industry
Before humans… <ul><li>The New Zealand islands looked very different than today </li></ul><ul><li>No mammals except a couple of bat species and the NZ Fur seal </li></ul><ul><li>An abundance of birds, many flightless </li></ul><ul><li>Large forested areas of prehistoric trees throughout the country </li></ul>
Let’s take a closer look at the climate zones and at some of the native plants and animals that live there today
The Alpine Zone Glaciers Braided rivers Wide open valleys Ice covered mountains
Penguins and NZ Fur Seals www.flickr.com/photos/littlebluepenguin/357091278/sizes/m/ www.flickr.com/photos/flissphil/232405333/sizes/m/
Today… <ul><li>Threats from introduced predators such as possum, rabbit, stoat, cat , dog & rats </li></ul><ul><li>Threats from development and industry </li></ul><ul><li>Tremendous work being done by DOC and community groups on habitat restoration, species protection & pest control </li></ul>
Further reading Nature Guide to the New Zealand Forest by John Dawson and Rob Lucas New Zealand Alpine Plants by J T Salmon Field Guide to Birds of New Zealand by Heather, B and Robertson, H www.doc.govt.nz Native Plants Photo’s by Nicky Snoyink (otherwise stated)
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