New Zealand's dramatic scenery is home to some equally dramatic wildlife, featuring a host of endemics found nowhere else in the world. From giant wetas and the ancient Tuatara to a suite of beautiful birds, including flightless wonders such as the Kiwi and Kakapo, these animals help make New Zealand one of the world's greatest wildlife-tourism destinations. Although there have been severe losses due to introduced predators, the country has a fiercely determined conservation sector, and the future looks bright. This fully revised and updated second edition of Julian Fitter's classic photographic field guide illustrates most of the vertebrate species to be found on the islands, there, as well as a large number of typical invertebrates and flora, with the photography accompanied by concise species texts. Reader-friendly and portable yet covering everything the visitor is likely to see, Field Guide to the Wildlife of New Zealand is an invaluable companion for anyone visiting these biodiverse Pacific islands.
Julian Fitter is a naturalist and author who lives in New Zealand for much of the year. His previous books include the bestselling Wildlife of the Galapagos, and Albatross: Their World, Their Ways (co-author).
Review of the first edition:
"For the inquisitive visitor, this photographic field guide is the perfect companion – small and compact."
– Birding World (2010)