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An exploration of the unique character of fauna and flora of New Zealand. From the first studies by the Foresters in 1769 and 1773, followed by the systematic observation, collection and classificaiton of the numerous plants and animals by with 1840 Dieffenbach's New Zealand, to 1873 when Sir Walter Buller's monumental work on New Zealand Birds was published. Plants and animals introduced by man, purposely or otherwise, having of necessity been excluded. Already many of our most interesting and unique birds and other creatures are wholly or almost extinct, to the great loss of both science and posterity ; and others are yearly decreasing in numbers before the march of settlement.. It behoves us all to cherish what remains as a truly heritage.
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