Wild Futures provides practical, on-the-ground actions that work. Working with species experts from the Department of Conservation we identified key target species that need our help. Conservation Volunteers New Zealand brings resources and volunteers together to make a real difference to a place, a space or a species to enable them to survive and thrive.
1000+ threatened species in New Zealand today
New Zealand, sadly, has one of the highest rates of species loss in the world. A 2008 survey by IUCN found New Zealand topped the list of 130 countries for the percentage of animal species threatened with extinction. Whilst considerable resources are expended in attempting to reverse these processes, with some significant successes, there remains a huge amount of work to be done if we are to prevent the loss of some of New Zealand’s most iconic wildlife. There are a number of factors that have impacted on species loss in New Zealand, but the two most critical are undoubtedly the introduction of animal pests and the loss of habitat.
Working with the experts in recovery programmes, and the many dedicated community-based organisations, the Wild Futures programme can and will make a genuine contribution to halting the dramatic rate of species loss here in Aoteroa.
Conservation Volunteers is taking action
Join us in ensuring the survival of our 6 Wild Future species that have been chosen because the species is at risk, and where volunteer action can make a demonstrable benefit to the survival of the species. Volunteers can be involved in:
- Monitoring species
- Improving and restoring habitat
- Controlling pest plants and animals
- Working in partnership with communities and conservation experts
Meet Our Species
Read more about each of our regional and national threatened species.
What can you do?
Help Conservation Volunteers build a sustainable future for our native plants and animals by:
Volunteer on one our projects supporting Wild Futures for a day, or a week…..your actions genuinely do make a difference