Shanna Law - “Dunedin: Wildlife Capital of New Zealand”


Shanna Law

Shanna has travelled from the USA to study for a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geology at the University of Otago in New Zealand.  When she’s not studying she likes to hike, paint and read.

The peninsula that Dunedin is built upon is not just an ancient volcano - it is home to numerous unique animal species, making it the wildlife capital of New Zealand. Some of the rarer wildlife includes the Blue Penguin, which is the tiniest penguin in the world and the fur seal, which has made a comeback on the peninsula in the last several years. The black birds with long vibrant beaks pictured are called oyster catchers, and the tiny stripped lizard is called a skink. Other animals not pictured here but not uncommon to see are sea lions and yellow-eyed penguins.  

“For someone like me who is from an area with abundant squirrels, deer, foxes, and other woodland creatures, this marine life is refreshing and exotic!”