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Kakapo Chicks Safe and Sound at Island Sanctuary

As part of a recovery program, two Critically Endangered Kakapo chicks have been flown in a helicopter to a sanctuary on Codfish Island, New Zealand.

There they will spend three months in an enclosure that ensures their protection from predators. Conservationists are working hard to help the Kakapo thrive in the wild.

New Zealand Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says:

Now is the time to keep the momentum up with the recovery efforts to ensure the Kakapo population continues to strengthen. Any reduction in effort after this success could see the species slipping back into decline.

Island Conservation Science Kakapo ChicksKakapo Chicks. By Dianne Mason

 

Following their month-long stay in the enclosure, the Kakapo chicks will be fully released into the wild on Codfish Island. The release of young Kakapo is a promising step in saving this highly threatened species from extinction.

Feature photo: Chris Birmingham
Read the original article at The Southland Times

About Sara Kaiser

Sara received a BA in anthropology from UC Santa Cruz in 2014. As a freelance writer and editor, she seeks to produce and highlight stories that support ecological responsibility, body awareness, emotional intelligence, and creative action, and reveal the connections between them.

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