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Mahoenui giant wētā

Mahoenui giant wētā

The Mahoenui giant wētā was classified as ‘nationally endangered’ in 2005. It was first discovered in 1962 in tawa forest remnants in the King Country, and was only scientifically described in 1999. Later generations have been bred in captivity. Attempts to establish more populations have been made by moving them to other reserves and nearshore islands.

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Gerard Hutching and Carl Walrond, 'Threatened species - Case histories', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/14105/mahoenui-giant-weta (accessed 25 January 2020)

Story by Gerard Hutching and Carl Walrond, published 24 Sep 2007