Peka and Koro Friends of the Forest
Peka and Koro is a heart warming children’s story of a special friendship.
Koro is an old kauri snail and Peka is the lesser short-tailed bat.
Leaveing the family roost on her first solo flight, it turns into a BIG night of adventure for Peka when she meets other unique nocturnal native creatures of New Zealand!
This book has fun rhymes, stunning watercolour illustrations, incorporates te reo Māori and has educational facts about New Zealand’s forest creatures of the night.
- Measures 23.5cm x 23.5cm
- 32 pages of full colour
- Soft cover
- Written and Illustrated by Kiwi Mums, Karyn and Jess
- Printed and bound using paper from sustainably managed forests by small Christchurch companies
What is Peka?
There are only two land mammals native to New Zealand, and they are both bats.
Lesser short-tailed bats are solid little animals with pale grey-brown fur, long pointed ears and a stumpy tail. They are the only bat species that hunts for food on the ground – their wings fold away under side-flaps of skin, and they use the elbow parts of the wings as front legs. They are nocturnal (active at night). Their diet includes insects, fruit, pollen, seeds and nectar.
What is Koro?
Although they are called a kauri snail, this snail doesn’t particularly like being around kauri trees.
The he ground is often too dry for its favourite food—the earthworm.
Kauri snails are also highly mobile and have been known to move 10 metres in 2 weeks.
The rich brown coloured shells are up to 75 mm across and they are shaped like a flattened spiral.