Author(s): Maria Gill
Discover our most threatened animals in New Zealand. From the beautiful forest ringlet butterfly to the down-right ugly southern elephant seal, the cheeky kākāpō to the super-sensory-powered ambush hunters the great white sharks.
Every one of the unique species in our waters and on our land is threatened by predators, land changes, pollution, and other human-induced disturbances.
As well as finding out how unique these animals are, you’ll read what is harming them, and most importantly what we can do to help them.
70% of New Zealand's birds, 84% of our freshwater fish, and 100% of our reptiles, frogs and bats are found nowhere else on earth. On the Brink reveals the top five most endangered species in five different categories (Birds; marine mammals; reptiles, frogs and bats; fish; and insects) and what we can do to save them.
Each species has a section detailing its status, threats and conservation efforts as well as the population level and location. With fact boxes, a section on what the reader can do, a list of websites and great illustrations, this is an excellent resource and a fascinating read for anyone interested in our environment.
Maria Gill writes books for children and adults that draw on her interest in people, birds, and conservation. Two of her books were finalists in the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards, with New Zealand Hall of Fame winning the Children’s Choice in the Non-fiction category in 2012. Anzac Heroes, illustrated by Marco Ivancic, won the 2016 New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults Non-Fiction Award and the Margaret Mahy Best Book Award. Five of her books have been shortlisted for the Elsie Locke Award and also selected as top ten Non-fiction Notable Books by Storylines New Zealand. Her other titles for children include The Call of the Kokako, Running the Country and The Last of Maui’s Dolphins. Maria Gill is available for writer visits as part of the Book Council's Writers in Schools programme and is a Books in Homes Role Model.