Archives For Takahe Awareness Month

The Takahē Recovery Programme is one of DOC’s dedicated conservation programmes, designed to ensure that takahē are never again considered extinct.

Continue Reading...

Takahē Awareness Month is a chance for us to celebrate takahē and recognise Ngāi Tahu, the Takahē Recovery Programme and the network of people involved in ensuring the takahē is never considered extinct again.

Continue Reading...

If you’re a regular reader of the blog then you’d be aware that this month we’re giving special attention to the critically endangered takahē. Today, however, is extra special because on 20 November 1948 — exactly 65 years ago — takahē were rediscovered in the Murchison Mountains in Fiordland.

“It’s either a damned big swampy [swamp hen, or pukeko], or it’s it,” whispered Dr Geoffrey Orbell to his companions, when they spotted the first bird.

Today’s photo of the week shows Dr Robert Falla (left) holding a  takahē chick and Dr Geoffrey Orbell (right), in Takahe Valley, Fiordland.

Takahe Expedition, photo of Dr R. Falla (left) holding takahe chick and Dr G.B. Orbell (right), Takahe Valley, Fiordland. Original photo probably taken by J. H. Sorenson.

To celebrate takahē, and to highlight their plight, Mitre 10 Takahē Rescue are running events throughout November, including the chance to win the Ultimate Takahē Experience in the Murchison Mountains.

Learn more about Takahē Awareness Month on the DOC website.