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Takahē Coming to Tāwharanui
Published on 26-05-2014Email To Friend    Print Version

One of New Zealand's most threatened birds, the takahē, will soon be coming to Tāwharanui Open Sanctuary.Auckland Council and TOSSI with the support of Mitre 10 Mega Warkworth are pleased to announce that takahē will be released later this year. This is a major milestone for the open sanctuary. There are only 260 takahē left in the world and the Department of Conservation's Takahe Recovery Team has chosen Tāwharanui to be one of the new safe breeding sites to assist in the recovery programme. The takahē is a flightless bird, endemic to New Zealand. Once declared extinct, the South Island takahe was rediscovered in 1948 in the Muchison Mountains, Fiordland. This population declined to an estimated 112 birds in 1981. Captive breeding programmes and the relocation of takahe to offshore islands and mainland sanctuaries has allowed the population to increase to 260. The first step in preparation for their introduction will be to build a further stretch of containment fence with the assistance of Mitre 10 Mega Warkworth. Further funds are required for purchasing transmitters and receivers to monitor the birds' movements and ensure their health. The Tindall Foundation has provided a substantial grant to TOSSi to contribute to the remaining fence material costs. Thank you!

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