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  • Species – Are they rare and unique? infographic.
    Rights: Department of Conservation Published 22 May 2021 Size: 1.8 MB Referencing Hub media

    Being isolated in the South Pacific Ocean, we have an enormously high rate of endemism – species that are only found here. This measure helps to ensure that the plants, animals and habitats that are unique or rare within our oceans are given special consideration for protection.

    There are areas where biodiversity is considered irreplaceable – no other place is quite the same. Considering uniqueness and rarity helps to prioritise species that are iconic or special. Just as we work on land to conserve the kiwi or kākāpō, we strive to protect unique marine species that could otherwise be lost forever.

    This consideration extends to unique physical features, such as the Kermadec Trench, which is the second-deepest ocean trench in the world. It also includes unique or rare habitats and ecosystems, such as the cold water coral gardens of Fiordland.

    Download the Department of Conservation infographic as a PDF.

    Copyright: Department of Conservation

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