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Breaking the Ice: The First Year in Antarctica

Before the world had heard of Scott and Shackleton, another explorer hatched a plan to spend a year in Antarctica. He was Carsten Borchgrevink, and his team proved it was possible for humans to survive the Antarctic winter.

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Dogs in Antarctica: Tales from the Pack

Meet the canine characters who helped Antarctic heroes like Scott and Shackleton explore the icy continent. From Kid the Courageous to Osman the Great, the dogs who pulled sledges and provided companionship on the great Antarctic expeditions all had tales of their own. 

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A Big Bird's Egg

Wed, 13 May 2020

The elephant birds of Madagascar laid huge eggs! Although they physically resembled moa, their closest living relatives are kiwi.

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46 Days of Geological Discovery

Fri, 01 May 2020

The first map of the Dry Valleys area in Antarctic was drawn by explorer Thomas Griffith Taylor.

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Otipua Wetland Bioblitz

Wed, 22 Apr 2020

Two of our natural history curators recently attended a bioblitz near Timaru and found some interesting species.

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