Archives For takahe

November 20 marks the 70th anniversary of the rediscovery of the takehē – we take a look back at seven decades of progress, preservation and recovery.

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For nearly 70 years a group of passionate and dedicated people have been working hard to ensure takahē are never again considered extinct. Although the people have changed, the mission of returning takahē to the wild – having takahē roaming the native grasslands of mainland New Zealand – has always remained the same. Since rediscovery in 1948, Takahē Recovery has taken many forms and exists as one of the longest standing and progressive conservation stories in the world.

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What is so special about the red tussock on the Gouland Downs you might ask? Harry Broad, DOC writer in residence, explains why this “dull and boring” plant is worthy of admiration.

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It’s now over six weeks since the first 18 takahē took flight (so to speak) to their new home in Kahurangi National Park. Takahē Advocacy Ranger Julie Harvey updates us on the birds progress in their new home.

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Biodiversity Ranger Chris Bell was one of a team of people who worked to transfer Blitzen the takahē to his new home on Kapiti Island. Blitzen was transferred from the Burwood Takahē Centre to Kapiti Island this month to join single female Ihi.

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18 takahē are now roaming the tussock grasslands of Gouland Downs on the Heaphy Track. Takahē Advocacy Ranger Julie takes us behind the scenes of the recent takahē release in Kahurangi National Park.

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After 70 days, 14 helicopter flights and a large amount of stamina in the hot Southland summer, the 2017 Murchison Mountain takahē survey is complete.

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