Rare kiwi to move to Mana Island
Mon, 18 Jun 2012 9:41p.m.
A population of rowi, the rarest kiwi species, is being established on Mana Island near Wellington.
The transfer of 20 juvenile kiwis will return the species to the North Island after an absence of several hundred years.
The Department of Conservation removed 20 rowi eggs from the Okarito forest in the South Island to protect them from predators.
They were hatched at the West Coast Wildlife Centre in Franz Josef and raised to maturity on predator-free Motuara Island in the Marlborough Sounds.
The rowi will be transferred by New Zealand Air Force helicopter from Ngati Toa Domain to Mana Island.
"By sending a juvenile population north to predator-free Mana Island, we're making it possible for the rowi to breed with much less human interference," says Iain Graham, a BNZ Operation Nest Egg ranger.
Rowi numbers have slowly been increasing from a low of fewer than 200 birds in 2007.
Post a Comment
Before commenting, please take the time to read our moderation guide
(Won't be published)
Te Papa is our national museum but is it now a national disgrace?
A massive ice wave has ploughed through lakeside cottages in Canada and the United States near the border.
The two parties have settled a long-running legal battle which involves a financial settlement in exchange for assistance in an extradition case.
A Soyuz space capsule carrying a three-man crew from the International Space Station has landed safely on the steppes of Kazakhstan.
Nanotechnology expert Michelle Dickinson appeared on Firstline this morning to discuss the week's top science news.
Copyright © 2013 MediaWorks TV. All Rights Reserved.