Lead Free Kea Update 19 July 2019
With your help, we have been able to blood lead test over 50 kea in the past year ( at Arthur's Pass, Manapouri, Milford Rd, Kepler Track and Franz Josef to Okarito on the West Coast). This has enabled us to identify lead 'hotspots' for community clean up and also individual kea which require urgent treatment. Half a dozen of these birds have now been treated in the past year by our Wildlife Hospital partners (Dunedin and Christchurch) and returned to the wild. It is clear this issue is extensive, impacting on kea right across the South Island and as such it is vitally important we continue this work to ensure kea become lead free! Help us make this a reality!