Wanted Alive

Past invasions of New Zealand by Polynesian and European settlers has left the wildlife of New Zealand in complete disarray.

Kakapos, takahes, saddlebacks, kokakoes, giant wekas, and tuataras are all critically endangered New Zealand species currently the subject of different management techniques aimed at ensuring their survival – all in the cause of trying to save our natural heritage before it is too late.

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The New Zealand fauna is unique. Unusual birds and reptiles of orders found nowhere else in the world live here.

But past invasions of New Zealand by Polynesian and European settlers have left the wildlife of New Zealand in complete disarray – destruction of habitat coupled with a range of introduced predators has left many species in a critically endangered state.

Now conservationists are trying to redress the balance. In the field of managing threatened wildlife New Zealand is an acknowledged leader. But wildlife conservation has many approaches – each of which may be applied to specific examples of wildlife conservation.

Kakapos, takahes, saddlebacks, kokakoes, giant wekas, and tuataras are all critically endangered New Zealand species currently the subject of different management techniques aimed at ensuring their future survival. All in the cause of trying to save as much of New Zealand’s natural heritage before it is too late.

Episodes From This Series

Wanted Alive

26 minutes / 1992

Colony Z

24 minutes / 1986

The Black Stilt – A Bird Surrounded by Change

48 minutes / 1984

Black Robin – The Chatham Island Story

48 minutes / 1990

Lost World of the Poor Knights

48 minutes / 1992

Castles of the Underworld

46 minutes / 1992

Wild Horse, Wild Country

51 minutes / 1995

City Under the Sea

47 minutes / 1992

Bandits of the Beech Forest

52 minutes / 1996

Battle for Breaksea

26 minutes / 1989

Snares Gift from the Sea

24 minutes / 1984

Up With the Birds

24 minutes / 1982

Same Time Same Place

24 monutes / 1982

Swan Lake

24 minutes / 1985

Kakapo – Night Parrot

24 minutes / 1982

Sealion Summer

24 minutes / 1982

Possum a New Zealand Nightmare

26 minutes / 1990

Sanctuary

23 minutes / 1990

Pukeko

26 minutes / 1989

Invaders in Paradise

51 minutes / 1999

The Mangroves

24 minutes / 1984

Islands of strange noises

30 minutes / 1980

Island Eaten by Rats

24 minutes / 1984

Tale of the Crayfish

48 minutes / 1987

Land of the Kiwi

48 minutes / 1987

Gull City

23 minutes / 1990

Bandits of the Beach Forest

1 hour / 1996