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Old March 3 2014, 04:27 AM   #1
Miss Chicken
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2014 Animal conservation thread

It has been a while since we had a conservation thread and I woud like to open it with the wonderful news that there has been a KAKAPO breeding season in 2014, the last breeding season was in 2011.

There was a total of 8 fertile eggs laid. The first has hatched bringing the kakapo population up to 125. This egg had to be repaired after its mother, Lisa, accidently crushed it and as a result it hatched in an incubator. Fingers crossed that the other seven will hatch safely.

The newest kakapo (hatched 28 Feb)


around 300 in captivity, about 50 in the wild.

The breeding season went well for the wild population. 43 adult birds made the dangerous flight across Bass Strait from the birds' winter grounds in Victoria to its breeding grounds in SW Tasmania. 34 chicks have fledged.


From Wikipedia

It is well known as being one of the most elusive and mysterious birds in the world, with no known sightings of the bird between 1912 and 1979, leading to speculation that it was extinct. Sightings since 1979 have been extremely rare and the bird's population size is unknown, though based on the paucity of records it's thought to number 50–249 mature individuals. The first photographic and video evidence of a live individual was publicly confirmed on July 3, 2013. Wildlife photographer John Young says that after 17,000 hours in the field and 15 years of searching, he has captured several photos and a 17-second video of the bird in western Queensland.
Later in this thread I will be mentioning the Forty-Spotted Pardalote (Tasmania), the Black Robin (New Zealand), Takahe (New Zealand), Tasmanian Devil and the Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat.

EDITED TO ADD - I would be interested to know whether the Anericans here believe that the Ivory-billed Woodpecker still exists or not.
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