Captive-bred kiwi have been released into Kaweka Forest Park to boost the wild population.
This is a joint initiative by the Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA), the Department of Conservation (DOC) and other partners.
Kiwi Birdlife Park, Orana Wildlife Park, Rainbow Springs Nature Park and Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, all ZAA-accredited facilities, provided eight birds for release into their new home at the Kaweka Forest Park this year.
The eastern North Island brown kiwi were released after thorough health checks and a short Air New Zealand flight to reach Hawke’s Bay, the most flying a kiwi will ever do in its lifetime.
Photo: Hawke’s Bay Mana Ahuriri is welcoming the release of kiwi into the Kaweka Forest Park.
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Posted: 6 December 2018