It has been a busy season here at Pukaha, from 5 kiwi chicks hatching in our nursery, to the rare endangered shore plover successfully raising 7 chicks!
We also welcomed two new Eastern Brown Kiwi to our reserve, 'Chur' and 'Bro' (our handsome fella smiling in the photo). It is hoped that these two will pair up and help contribute to the kiwi population that is falling at a rate of 2% per year.
Next week will also be an exciting time for staff and the whio, blue duck population. The last 6 'whio'lings of the season are ready for release. They will be joining their older siblings from the first clutch, as well as 20 others from around the country, bringing the population to around 2,500.
We cannot do this work without the support of people such as yourself, so a massive thank you goes out from us, the Pukaha Team, and all of New Zealand's rare and native wildlife.
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