Little Blue Penguin

Wild Futures – Conserving New Zealand’s Threatened Species

Wild Futures provides practical, on-the-ground actions that work. Working with experts from the Department of Conservation we identified key target species that need our help. We bring 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 experts in recovery programmes, and 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 Aotearoa.

Conservation Volunteers is taking action

Join us in ensuring the survival of our six 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:

Donating to support our work

Volunteer on one of our projects supporting Wild Futures for a day, or a week…..your actions genuinely do make a difference

Become a member