Tag Archives: New Zealand

Climate change raises cat threat 

… analysis of two decades of records found how South Auckland, Glen Innes, the central city and pockets of West Auckland had the highest populations of stray cats, with spikes in December and March coinciding with breeding patterns. “I had the idea that we could take all this cat distribution data from Auckland and try to expand it throughout New Zealand and see whether there’s an effect when you have a climate change scenario for modelling.” Using the latest greenhouse gas …

Otago geologists find new whale species | Radio New Zealand News

… million years ago. He said the findings add considerably to New Zealand’s fossil record, and help fill evolutionary gaps between toothed ancestors and toothless modern baleen whales. Professor Fordyce and Dr Robert Boessenecker’s work appears in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society and the journal PeerJ. The pair have named the newly described whale species Waharoa ruwhenua, Tokarahia kauaeroa. They also discovered fossils of a poorly known species first found in the 1950s, …

Giant ‘Walking Bat’ Once Prowled Rainforest Floors

By Laura Geggel, Staff Writer | June 19, 2015 About 16 million years ago, a giant bat used all four of its limbs to stalk around the subtropical rainforest of modern-day New Zealand, a new study finds. The bat, a newly discovered species (Mystacina miocenalis), is large, about three times heavier than a modern bat, the researchers said. It’s related toMystacina tuberculata, a bat that still lives in New Zealand’s old-growth forests. Researchers found the bat fossil in sediment from …

– World’s Smallest Dolphins Falling Prey to Extinction | ENS

Posted by News Editor in Latest News, RSS, Wildlife | May 27, 2015 SAN DIEGO, California, May 27, 2015 (ENS) – Numbers of the world’s smallest and rarest marine dolphin, New Zealand’s critically endangered Maui’s dolphin, have hit an all time low of 43-47 individuals, with just 10-12 adult females. Cetacean experts and advocates are warning that the Maui’s dolphin could go extinct within 15 years. The future of the Maui’s dolphin will be part of the discussions by 200 of the …

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