Our endemic duck that doesn’t quack. These sleek swimmers need clear, fast-flowing rivers, so you’re unlikely to see them on your local pond – although you might find them on your $10 note! Stoats and declining habitat are major threats to whio. With fewer than 3000 left, it’s up to us to help them out. Thankfully, Whio Forever (a partnership between Genesis Energy and the Department of Conservation) is working to protect these taonga with trapping networks and breed-for-release programmes.