Wild (of an animal or plant): living or growing in the natural environment.
For me, encountering wild animals in their natural environment is what makes wildlife photography so enjoyable. Observing animals carrying out their day to day makes me feel like a fly on the wall, only being acknowledged by an occasional glance as the animal checks to see if I haven’t suddenly grown fangs and am about to attack it. Unfortunately for the native wildlife of New Zealand, such wariness is justified.
When humans started arriving from the 13th century they brought with them cats, rats, mice stoats, possums and other predators, and began hunting birds and clearing the land. Our native wildlife were suddenly introduced to predators and pressures they had no idea how to cope with. As a result, we lost many species, and a great many more are restricted to predator-free offshore islands or fenced sanctuaries. Zealandia Ecosanctuary is one such example of those predator-free sanctuaries, with 8.6km of specially designed fence line giving the wildlife inside a safe haven to breed and feed.