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 find out why so many of our species are threatened with extinction. 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.

Paua slug

Paua slug
Carmichaelia juncea 

16 February 2018

Paua slugs, or Schizoglossa, are a bit of everything.

These carnivorous slugs are found only in the North Island of NZ and have a distinctive paua shaped shell on their back.

They are officially a 'semi-slug', and like a paua are a gastropod but the resemblance of the shell is a coincidence

Paua slug 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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