There are two species of bats in New Zealand; the long-tailed bat and the lesser short-tailed bat.
The long-tailed bat is classed as ‘nationally critical’ and short-tailed bat subspecies range from ‘nationally vulnerable’ to ‘recovering’. But they are in danger of extinction if we don't protect them.
Maori folklore refer to bats as pekapeka and associate them with the mythical, night-flying bird, hokioi, which foretells death or disaster.
The New Zealand Threat Classification System is used to assess the threat status of our taxa (species, subspecies, varieties and forma).
Our predator control programme protects native wildlife and forests on public conservation land.
Christmas was fast approaching and most people were anticipating Santa’s reindeer; however, in the Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tane Conservation Park, DOC rangers were on the lookout for another sort of flying mammal.