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A First Hand Experience on a Kiwi Recovery Program
The kiwi is a flightless nocturnal bird which is native to
Whilst on holiday in January at the northern tip of the Coromandel Peninsular, I joined a DOC tour at a kiwi sanctuary near Port Jackson on an official expedition to locate, weigh and measure a North island brown kiwi.
The feathers of the bird were incredibly soft and it did not lash out or defend itself with its long beak. The same can not be said of its feet and a tight hold of both its legs was required to prevent certain escape back into the dark dense bush.
Official records were taken of all its vital statistics and finally the little kiwi was released into a dark safe wooden enclosure where it could later escape into the wild under the cover of night until the next monthly weigh in.
Several children were on this expedition and you could only share in their delight in seeing and holding of a live kiwi. The DOC education program involves schools and children to heighten their awareness to the endangered plight of the kiwi and of the Kiwi Recovery Program. I also felt privileged to have experienced first hand DOS'c Kiwi Recovery Program and it was one of the highlights of the hot long summer.
Since the Kiwi Recovery Program has been introduced, the success rate has varied but some areas are reporting a 65% survival rate. This is a vast improvement on the former 10% survival rate without the program at which point the specie would eventually become extinct.
A kiwi has the potential to live for 20-40 years and hopefully this little brown kiwi will live to a ripe old age and will see off all predators, large and small. Until next time!
Copyright 2008: Bruce Burgess Photography