From the New Zealand Herald:
DoC declares South Island kokako ‘extinct’
Tuesday January 16, 2007
By Kent Atkinson
Conservation officials today formally declared the South Island kokako extinct, saying there had been no confirmed sightings for 40 years.
Rod Hitchmough, a scientific officer at the Department of Conservation (DoC) told a press briefing in Wellington that the kokako decision had attracted controversy.
“But the definition of extinct is that we are absolutely certain the last individual has died,” said Mr Hitchmough, who compiled DOC’s latest lists of threatened species, including six native insects and snails also declared extinct.
“It was last seen on the South Island in 1967,” he said.
There had been further reports on Stewart Island in 1987 and other more recent sightings, but these had not been corroborated.
Hear the call of the kokako here.
Conservation Minister Chris Carter told the Wellington briefing that the new threatened species list updated the “threat classification” status of 5819 of New Zealand’s native plants and animals, and 44 had been given a change in status.
Almost half of those were listed in one of the seven threatened categories, and the rest required further research to determine if these were threatened or not.
Search for the South Island kokako: here.
Kokako released in Auckland’s ‘Ark in the Park’: here.
First Kokako chicks born to newly translocated population in Central New Zealand: here.
Stewart Island possum control: here.