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Attack on fur seal colony – expert responds

Dacia Herbulock posted in on December 6th, 2010.

23 New Zealand fur seal pups and adults were found clubbed to death this morning at Ohau Point, near Kaikoura. The Department of Conservation has issued a press release with further details of the incident. We asked a wildlife management and fur seal genetics expert to provide context. Journalists are free use these comments in […]

Penguin bones reveal long-lost species

Dacia Herbulock posted in on November 19th, 2008.

The hoiho or yellow-eyed penguin, one of our most charismatic native species, was a stranger to New Zealand until just a few hundred years ago, according to research out today from the University of Otago. A newly-discovered penguin species, called the Waitaha penguin, once occupied the yellow-eyed’s range and was forced into extinction by human […]

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