New Zealand Geographic

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Track and trace

Most introduced mammals have had a devastating effect on native wildlife, but one species is bucking the trend. About 80 conservation dogs are deployed around the country, helping to protect vulnerable native species by leaping into action at a single command: Seek!

Read in New Zealand Geographic Issue 149 (Jan/Feb 2018) or online.

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National Geographic

  Photo by Kate Grarock/Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary.

Photo by Kate Grarock/Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary.

Meet Brian the Rescued 'Mini-Kangaroo'

He loves napping and cuddling corn cobs—and he's an ambassador for little-known marsupials of Australia.

Read online at National Geographic.


North & South

  Photo by Victoria Birkinshaw.

Photo by Victoria Birkinshaw.

Healing Birds in the 'Burbs

For the past eight years, volunteer wildlife carers Kristina Schutt and Thomas Stracke have looked after penguins in peril.

Read in the July 2018 issue of North & South or online.

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  • My Space: David Harrowfield Issue 392 Nov 2018


The Spinoff

  Image from the    Biodiversity Heritage Library    (PD).

Image from the Biodiversity Heritage Library (PD).

In defence of Otago University’s Loch Ness DNA project

The editor of Dunedin’s student magazine may not like it, but the University of Otago’s hunt for Nessie was science communication at its finest, argues Ellen Rykers.

Read at The Spinoff or Newshub.


Australian Geographic

  Photo by Steve Murphy.

Photo by Steve Murphy.

Night parrot recordings released online for the first time

The public can now listen to the calls of the elusive night parrot, presumed extinct until its sensational rediscovery in 2013.

Read online at Australian Geographic.

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Antarctic Ocean Blog


Thousands of Antarctic Petrels Swirl Around an Iceberg in East Antarctica

When you think “Antarctica” you probably think “penguins”. But the icescapes of the Southern Ocean are also home to spectacular birds of the flying variety.

Read online at, a project of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition.


Lateral Magazine



 New Zealand sea lions at Sandy Bay, Enderby Island.

New Zealand sea lions at Sandy Bay, Enderby Island.

My ancestors' life on the Auckland Islands

Dunedin journalist Ellen Rykers’ ancestors came from England to start a new life on a whaling station on a remote and windswept sub-Antarctic island.

Listen to the interview and see the photos at RNZ.




Global Hobo