COLLINS FIELD GUIDE TO NEW ZEALAND WILDLIFE by Terence Lindsey and Rod Morris
Here is another new book for nature lovers and with many oddities in New Zealand’s fauna all kiwi homes should have a copy.
- Did you know there are no island groups anywhere in the world comparable to New Zealand in size, latitude, climate and isolation.
- And, of the world’s total land area, only about 0.17 per cent lies under the New Zealand flag, but about one per cent of all known land animals in the world live within our borders.
- This is made up of around 10,000 species of insects, 2000 spiders, nearly 300 snails, and perhaps a further couple of thousand of all other groups combined.
This book is a completely updated edition and an extensive guide to well over 400 species of New Zealand fauna, including both native and introduced species.
Each entry succinctly describes both habits and habitats, distribution, classification, breeding patterns, food and recognition tips to aid amateurs – like me – with identifying a creature. It also includes the latest research findings and changes in classification and nomenclature that have occurred in the past 10 years, along with many new photographs.
“It seems to me, far too few people — New Zealanders and ‘foreigners’ alike — are aware of just how extraordinary New Zealand wildlife is. For any animal enthusiast with a global perspective, it’s right up there on the billboard with its name in lights along with Hawaii, the Galapagos and Madagascar.” says Terrence Lindsay (Zoologist and ornithologist)
Rod Morris’s stunning photographic work has also received widespread international acclaim. Previously a producer with Wild South, he is now a freelance natural history photographer.
I know I will spend a lot of time with this book and am sure you will too – all NZ homes need a copy of this!