29 Jul 2016

Critter of the Week: the South Georgia Diving Petrel

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:35 pm on 29 July 2016

The New Zealand population of South Georgian diving petrels has fewer than 150 individuals making it  one of the rarest breeding species in New Zealand. 

Elsewhere the species is extremely abundant with an estimated world population of 15 million birds. 

Msc student Johannes Fischer from Victoria University is leading a research project to try and save the New Zealand population of the South Georgia Diving Petrel - found only on Codfish Island, off Stewart Island.

Johannes Fischer is also  participating in an international seabird challenge to raise money for his project.