National Geographic : 1935 May
TUATARA 659 RETURNING TO THE LIGHTHOUSE ON STEPHEN ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND, AFTER A REPTILE HUNT This lonely island is one of the few spots on earth where the tuatara may be found. It is a "living fossil," a creature from bygone ages. ON THESE LONELY SLOPES OF A REMOTE NEW ZEALAND ISLAND, TUATARA AND HIS PETREL COMPANIONS LIVE TOGETHER IN THE SAME BURROWS "Tuatara," the Maori name for the reptiles, means "having spines." Once plentiful on the main islands of New Zealand, this ancient creature has now been largely swept away by brush-burning sheep herders, as well as by pigs, dogs, cats, and reptile-eating Maoris (see text, page 649).