Nicola (Nic) Vallance has been passionate about New Zealand's wildlife and wild places for as long as she can remember. She drove her parents mad with her ongoing selection of pets (cockabullies, praying mantises, caterpillars), and collection of bits and pieces she came across in her adventures.
Continuing her passion for all things wildlife at university, Nic gained a zoology degree and started her career at the Department of Conservation (DOC) as the journalist in Otago, where she started her regular feature column Naturally Otago on the weird and wonderful wildlife of the region (she still writes wildlife features for various papers).
Nic has travelled around and through New Zealand's sub-Antarctic Islands twice, and recently became DOC's national media advisor. She is also the writer/presenter of Meet the Locals, a TVNZ 6 series of more than 200 four-minute shorts featuring native New Zealand wildlife. Her first book, Nic's New Zealand Nature: Invaders, was published in 2009.
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