15 Takahē Birds released into Kahurangi National Park

15 Takahē Birds released into Kahurangi National Park

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The Department of Conservation Takahē Recovery team partnered with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Fulton Hogan to release the 15 birds into Kahurangi National Park.

The Takahē breed was released into Kahurangi in 2018. It was the first attempt to generate a new wild population.

“It’s challenging to establish wild native species populations, and our monitoring of the Kahurangi takahē will inform our selection of new wild sites and how we manage wild populations,” the Department of Conservation said in a statement.

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Source: CC/ Jason Van de Wetering

When a transfer is planned for the birds, they get carefully put inside dedicated boxes.

Typically all the birds are transferred on Air New Zealand planes from Invercargill to Nelson, where they are then released into the wild.

The population is now at around 34 birds which gives it a boost to thrive.

Image: Lisa Van Beek & Jason Van de Wetering

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