Story: European discovery of plants and animals

Tuatara (3rd of 3)

Tuatara

Laboratory assistant Jennie Hay holds a recently hatched tuatara at Victoria University in Wellington, in 1990. The eggs were collected from The Brothers islands in Cook Strait and hatched in an incubator. Research on New Zealand’s native plants and animals has moved from cataloguing and describing species to studying their ecology and reproductive habits, in the hope that many threatened species can be saved.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1990/1786
Photograph by Ray Pigney

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John Andrews, 'European discovery of plants and animals - New directions: 1890s–today', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/10972/tuatara (accessed 17 September 2021)

Story by John Andrews, published 24 Sep 2007