Rare takahē birds released in New Zealand

This video says about itself:

Mitre 10 Takahē Rescue: Burwood — Motutapu Transfer

Saving Takahē is a big job! With only about 260 birds left, they’re critically endangered; that means the next step could be extinction. We want to save this unique part of New Zealand so partner with the Department of Conservation on the Takahē Recovery Programme.

A big part of the programme involves carefully managing the population and moving birds around to predator free sites and in November 2012 one of the biggest transfers occurred with nine birds travelling the length of the country in one day to reach a safe new home.

Check out this video to follow their journey and to find out more about takahē rescue efforts.

This video says about itself:

Takahē release on Motutapu Island

12 November 2012

There are only 260 takahē in the world and nine were released on Motutapu on Sunday 4 November. Motutapu is a pest free island half an hour by ferry from downtown Auckland.

Takahē were once widespread throughout New Zealand but have been brought to the brink of extinction by predators, particularly stoats, and the destruction of their habitat.

From the Department of Conservation in New Zealand:

Island home for takahē lovebirds

Date: 24 July 2014

By Amy Cameron | Partnerships Ranger, based in Auckland

A pair of takahē lovebirds have a new home on Motutapu Island in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf. He Maipi and Autahi flew up from the Burwood Bush Takahē Rearing Unit near Te Anau yesterday with the help of Air New Zealand.

They were welcomed to the island by Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki and the Motutapu Restoration Trust.

This pair will bring the number of takahē on the island to 18. It’s hoped He Maipi and Autahi will thrive on pest-free Motutapu and that the pitter patter of tiny takahē feet will not be too far away.

The Department of Conservation works with Mitre 10 to ensure the survival, growth and security of takahē populations throughout New Zealand.

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