Nicola Toki
Image: Richard Cosgrove | Fish & Game


Nicola Toki is DOC's Threatened Species Ambassador. Her role is to raise awareness and inspire action for our threatened native plants and animals.


Telling the stories of New Zealand's native wildlife is Nicola's passion. She loves getting people as excited about giant wētā as they are about kiwi or kākāpō.

Get to know Nicola and see she what she's been up to lately. Find out why some of our species are at risk and learn about the not-so-cuddly critters that need our attention with Critter of the Week.




Critter of the Week

Every Friday Nicola chats to Jesse Mulligan from Radio New Zealand about the not-so-cuddly critters that need our attention.

The New Zealand giant springtail

10 November 2017

New Zealand giant springtail.
New Zealand giant springtail
Image: Dwinter | Creative Commons

Springtails or collembola are teeny tiny wingless/flightless, litter dwellers that aid greatly in breaking down dead leaves to release nutrients.

The name springtail cannot always be used though, because not all of the Collembola have an appendage called a 'furcula' which is held under tension beneath the abdomen and released or flicked to throw the creature several centimetres away.

New Zealand giant springtail on Critter of the Week

Earlier Critter of the Week chats.


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The Threatened Species Ambassador is supported by Air New Zealand, as part of their partnership with DOC.

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