Author(s): Chappell, Trevor
This book is produced for lovers of wildlife and the wild country that is their home, wherever in the world they may live. By some strange quirk of nature New Zealand was once a land only of birds.To our unique birdlife we have slowly introduced a growing list of animals that compliment our birdlife in the wild country. To think of New Zealand and not connect her with sheep and cattle on our farms, or talk of her bush, her tussocked hills or her sharp mountains without mention of the red stag, the sika deer, the pig or goat, the tahr or the chamois, would be to deny our history. These animals have become part of our Kiwi culture, indelibly recored in our art and in our literature, and most memorably so, in the hearts and minds of New Zealanders.