Animals

Female dolphins enjoy sex, and their clitorises aren’t that different from ours

Do female dolphins enjoy having sex? American researchers decided to find out by looking at the clitorises of female dolphins. 

Scientists know that dolphins are highly social.…

Climate change splitting up albatross couples

New research shows climate change is making it more likely for the usually monogamous albatross to leave their lifelong partners.

Led by Dr Francesco Ventura, the…

Police help woman ‘held hostage’ by possum

The woman called Dunedin police late Sunday night when the possum kept charging at her

Bat wins Bird of the Year 2021 by a landslide

Pekapeka-tou-roa, the long-tailed bat, has taken the title of Te Manu Rongonui o te Tau 2021

Made My Day: Bats swoop in to disrupt NZ’s Bird of the Year race

A bat is now a candidate in this year’s Te Manu Rongonui o te Tau/Bird of the Year race

Our dairy industry kills 2 million calves a year, but they don’t have to

These calves are killed within days or weeks of being born.

Tuatara may have the fastest sperm ever seen in reptiles, a study suggests.

Tuatara may have the fastest sperm ever seen in a reptile...

Toa the orca’s prolonged separation causing concerns among animal experts

It’s been 10 days since Toa was separated from his pod in Plimmerton, near Wellington.

Google searches for cat and dog adoptions spiked during Covid-19

Did you finish lockdown and get a new puppy?

Stop fkn tapping on the glass of kiwi enclosures, you're making them stressed

Surprise, surprise: new research has found visitor noise outside kiwi enclosures is no good.

The sex helmet that tried to save kākāpō

Sirocco the kākāpō wouldn’t stop shagging people’s heads. So one clever DOC worker came up with a potential solution...

After being raised by humans, Sirocco the kākāpō…

You could probably outwalk a T-rex

A study found the T. rex’ preferred walking speed is estimated at 4.6 km per hour - similar to the natural walking speed of humans, horses,…

The government has banned exports of live animals by sea

The government has banned the export of live animals by sea, but there's a two year phase out period

Welcome the cyborg turtle: NZ researcher designs prosthetic fin for turtles

A New Zealand researcher has designed a prosthetic fin for sea turtles to help the endangered species recover after their fins are damaged.

All seven species of…

Mystery continues over how female eagle rays got pregnant without any males

When Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox said “sisters are doin’ it for themselves,” perhaps they were imagining two female eagle rays at a New Zealand aquarium…

Yes, Tiger King is misogynist, but there’s more to it.

The men in Tiger King couldn’t hate women more if they tried, argues Jean Sergent. But our obsession with whether Carol Baskin killed her husband is…

Why kea are being killed by lead poisoning on the West Coast

Kea are curious and clever native parrots who are known to steal tramping boots and peck at your car tyres. Unfortunately, they’ve recently been declared to…

Last of the Mountain Gorillas

We ventured deep into the jungles of Uganda to catch a rare glimpse at one of the most endangered animals of the planet: the Mountain Gorillas.…

The Raglan Cat Killer

A few years ago in the town of Raglan, cats started going missing and were later found half-frozen and dead in rubbish bags. A perpetrator was…

Rare sighting of huge Pygmy Blue Whales

This winter is the second winter in a row that Pygmy Blue Whales have been spotted in Tīkapa Moana o Hauraki (Auckland's Hauraki Gulf). We head…

Dining in the Deep

"After hours" events have begun popping up at museums and galleries, where people get to explore these public spaces when they would normally be closed. Not…

The World Press Photo exhibition

Their journey to the USA was over, along with the hopes that her daughter Yanela Sanchez might grow up to see a brighter future in the…

Outfitting Animals

Merino jumpers, fleece robes, shearling collar coats... are clothing items you can dress your dog in. Animal Outfitters is part of a growing pet care industry…

The trouble with purebred dogs

A lot can happen in 100 years, especially when it comes to our furry friends. Here we take a look at what has happened over the…

The battle for the rodeo in New Zealand

Get a glimpse at rodeo culture and New Zealand's urban/rural divide has never been more apparent. From passionate cowboys to empathetic animal rights activists, is there…

The Dutch travellers embarking on an epic African adventure.

Ingrid and Branko may be retired, but they're as far away from matinee plays and afternoon biccies as you can get. They're taking their truck through…

Training to Lead

Meet some puppies changing lives across Aotearoa, the amazing people training them, and Sina - one of the many blind New Zealanders with a new lease…

Kite Pooch

Is it a bird, is it a plane? No, it's Ace - the kite-surfing pooch soaring above the sea, and loving every second 🐶🏄‍♀️🏄‍♀️

TradeMe's dog ban

With the spike in popularity of pugs and bulldogs thanks to social media, TradeMe banned them from being sold on their site to discourage 'backyard breeding'.…