Tourism operator Real Journeys diverted from ordinary Christmas gifts this year to support Kākāpō Recovery by ‘adopting’ a few of the critically endangered parrots.Continue Reading...
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Our Director-General has been busy. He tells us about the Kākāpō Ball; a generous donor with a deep love of nature; a 21st birthday and more…Continue Reading...
Artist Janet Luxton writes about her inspiring support for kākāpō recovery.Continue Reading...
The Kākāpō Recovery Programme turns 25 next year and, to celebrate, Sirocco the kākāpō—ambassador for his species and New Zealand’s official Spokesbird for Conservation—partied at Parliament last night.Continue Reading...
By DOC’s Andrea Crawford, Dunedin.
Over 1,000 people met three remarkable kākāpō chicks during a public viewing in Arrowtown near Queenstown recently.
The smiles on people’s faces told it all—pure delight at seeing three kākāpō chicks at Arrowtown’s Athenaeum Hall.
Event sponsor Real Journeys’ Chief Executive, Richard Lauder, observed that the chicks were received like “rock stars” by the local community.
Many people at the ‘Kākāpō Chicks Day Out‘ expressed thanks to DOC, saying they appreciated how special it was to get the chance to see these remarkable, rare and charismatic native birds.
It was great people got to see the chicks and learn about what makes them so special and, of course, raise awareness to assist with their recovery.
Welfare of the chicks was critical, so all steps were taken to ensure they remained healthy and relaxed.
They took all the attention in their stride.
As well as a viewing opportunity, people listened to talks by DOC’s Kākāpō Recovery team, watched an audio-visual display and asked the kākāpō staff plenty of questions.
The event raised about $5,000 for the programme, through gold coin donations, merchandise sales, and through the Kākāpō Adoption Programme.
The chicks will soon be moved to Whenua Hou/Codfish Island where they will spend four weeks in an outdoor pen. They will then be released into the wild and monitored closely for the next year while they are particularly vulnerable to misadventure as they learn about their wild habitat.
Watch the video by Real Journeys:
Do you follow Sirocco the kākāpō on Facebook and Twitter? This charismatic kākāpō is an ambassador for his species and New Zealand’s official Spokesbird for Conservation.
By Ashwika Kapur, Filmmaker
I came to New Zealand in early 2013 to chase my childhood dream of obtaining a degree in Natural History Filmmaking so I could entertain and educate audiences through timeless wildlife stories from around the world.
As part of my degree I had to make a film so I began scouting ideas, and among the weird and wonderful creatures of this far away land, I came across Sirocco the kākāpō’s story. It was just one of those things; I simply knew this was the documentary I had to make!
Sirocco is irresistibly endearing, cheekier than a monkey and remarkably bizarre in his mannerisms. Sirocco is an extraordinary character and his story is equally extraordinary; a true-blue rag to riches tale. My film sets out to tell that story; the one-of-a-kind tale of a bird catapulted to super stardom by a chain of rather strange events.
Sirocco’s story is one of hope, joy and celebration. It optimistically premises the idea that there can be no better ambassadors for conservation than animals themselves.
My film about Sirocco has recently been nominated for a Panda Award, dubbed the ‘Green Oscars’, at the Wildscreen Film Festival.
The film will be available online to view for free after the Wildscreen Film Festival in October, until then you will have to enjoy watching this short trailer: