Red deer are a rapidly growing invasive species in the Fiordland Temperate Rainforest. These animals were brought here by European settlers in the 1850's and 60's on purpose to give the settlers something to hunt. They are currently found in the tussock country from Kaimai Range to Stewart Island.
The Takahe birds are an endangered species that are found in tussock grasslands of the Murchison Mountains. They are struggling for food because the Red Deer are taking over. Their habitats are being destroyed by deforestation, which is the H in HIPPCO. They are also experiencing low reproduction rates and overharvesting of their entire species, relating to the P and O in HIPPCO.
The stoat is a small mammal that is very agile and has the ability to climb high objects. Their fur is chestnut brown in the summer helping them blend into the ground, and their fur becomes thick and white in the winter to keep them warm and safe in the white winters. They are also strong swimmers and can swim across great lakes.
Bush robins are a common species in the Fiordland Temperate Rainforest environment. They feed on insects, which is an advantage because there is an overabundance of insects in this ecosystem. They're also grey with a white spot on the front so they can blend into the areas with more shade under all of the trees in this rainforest.