Feature: Māui app inspires next generation
The team from WWF-New Zealand attended a junior school sustainability challenge at Long Bay regional park in Auckland in May 2015. The event was organised by Auckland council and adventure sports company Lactic Turkey, to offer activities for students to understand how parks and the environment are managed for the benefit of people and nature.
Each student team worked on an iPad to learn key facts about how to identify a dolphin and where these little dolphins can be found using WWF’s sighting app. Teams then used their artistic skills to draw the dolphins highlighting their distinguishing features. This important project now means over 120 students and their families are aware of the plight of New Zealand’s 55 remaining dolphins—the smallest and rarest marine dolphin in the world.
These students know if you see a dolphin, you should photograph or film it if possible, and then report it to WWF’s sightings line via your mobile phone as soon as you can. Knowing where the dolphins range is a key step in ensuring they can be fully protected.