New Zooland

Captives for our pleasure, or ambassadors for vanishing wild places? Zoos struggle to conserve fast-disappearing species while satisfying a public thirst for nature at first hand.



Apr - Jun 1994


Snapper classic

Rockhopper penguins

John Johns




Science & Environment

Gardens under the sea

Found only in that narrow strip of Earth where ocean meets land, seaweeds soften the angles of the rocks and build forests and gardens beneath the wave. Richly diverse in colour and form, they are the fundamental food source of marine animals, and contribute more than we generally realise to everyday human life. Tide pool at Army Bay, 25 km north of Auckland, provides both a playground and a window of fascination into the sea.


Fish from the foam

For five days each summer, 1000 fisherman fling themselves into the surf of New Zealand's longest beach in the hope of landing the grandaddy snapper that will win them $50,000. This year's contest was the most successful ever.

Science & Environment

Vision of the forest

For four decades, John Johns has roamed the forests of New Zealand, making pictures that have opened people's eyes to this country's woodland heritage. As official photo­grapher for the New Zealand Forest Service, his brief was to promote the principles of sustainable forestry. As a conservationist and artist, he enables us to see something more than logs and board feet. Through his images, we renew our vision of the forest.



Leaping ashore through pounding surf, these plucky little penguins congregate each year on remote Campbell Island. But their numbers have declined drastically.

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