Today’s photo is of a Haast tokoeka kiwi chick—a shy, mountain-loving bird, and one of our rarest kiwi.
More than half the known population of this kiwi live in an actively managed area of the Haast ranges, where the battle continues to save these birds from extinction.
Last week the Minister of Conservation launched the ‘Battle for our Birds’ programme, New Zealand’s largest pest control operation launched in response to a pest plague threatening our vulnerable native wildlife.
This year’s operation will take place at 19 sites, covering more than 720,000 hectares of important conservation land.
More information on the ‘Battle for our Birds’ is available on the DOC website.
Photo: Sabine Bernert ©