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Protecting Nelson Lakes Kea Nests

$5,042 donated
Given by 33 generous donors in around 6 months

Feral cats are a big problem for kea. We are setting up a satellite monitored trapping network to protect the world's only alpine parrot.

Nelson / Tasman

The KCT in partnership with DOC Rotoiti/Nelson Lakes is in the process of setting up a network of monitored live traps to target large predators (including feral cats) which are predating kea and their nests on the eastern side of the St. Arnaud Range.

The Celium network (installed by Encounter Solutions) will extend the existing network managed by DOC (around Lake Rotoiti on the western side of the St. Arnaud Range). It will provide some relief for kea out foraging as well as nesting kea whilst ensuring traps are checked immediately once they are triggered, to ensure no kea are accidentally caught and any predators are humanely euthanased.

The cost of an initial system set up with 20 live capture traps will cost around $10,000 with ongoing annual satellite subscription costs of approximately $1,500 (for the initial 20 traps). If you would like to support this programme by sponsoring one of the following, please visit our Nelson Lakes trapping Givealittle page. Thank you!

You can help us by sponsoring:

- One years annual satellite node download (subscription servicing one trap) for $25

- Live cage trap and node set for $200

- Complete cage trap/node/1st year subscription package $225

- Support initial set up costs – any $ amount greatly appreciated!

- Annual satellite costs – any $ amount greatly appreciated!

About us

The Kea Conservation Trust was set up in 2006 to assist in conservation of wild Kea (Nestor notabilis) in their natural habitat and to increase the husbandry standards and advocacy potential of those Kea held in captive facilities within New Zealand.

Use of funds

Live capture traps, Celium Satellite Hub equipment, annual satellite subscription

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Latest donations

Rochelle on 23 Dec 2021
Keep up the incredible mahi.
Annie on 13 Dec 2021
Thank you for all your hard mahi :)
Renee on 11 Dec 2021
Great work. Happy to do regular donations. I ❤️ kea and I ❤️ domestic cats, and I know that feral cats are one of the key predators of kea. Keep it up, and thank you.
Rochelle on 09 Dec 2021
Keep up the incredible mahi.
Sue on 06 Dec 2021

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This page was created on 13 Jul 2021 and closed on 4 Jan 2022.