Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 


Captive kiwi heads south to Christchurch

Captive kiwi heads south to Christchurch


Rotorua, 24 January 2013 – The captive kiwi breeding programme plays an integral role in the preservation of the native species and one of Rainbow Springs' favourite captive kiwis Forest is about to head south to Christchurch's Orana Wildlife Park.

Claire Travers, Kiwi Encounter Kiwi Husbandry Manager says, "Captive breeding is very important as an ‘insurance policy’ for wild birds and the captive population is managed by a national co-ordinator who matches up suitable kiwi for breeding around the country.

"It's also Forest's fifth birthday today so it's a rather exciting week for her. She's just had a health check and has been placed in quarantine in preparation for the move to Christchurch in a few weeks."

Forest hatched at Rainbow Springs in the outside runs amongst native trees instead of in the park's incubation area, hence the name Forest, and has been on display at the park for more than 4 years. She can be seen in the Rainbow Springs Night Aviary, where she's notoriously inquisitive and is often seen out and about.

"Forest is a real favourite with both staff and park visitors because of her placid nature and huge appetite. She's infamous for scoffing her food – which she has to have limited amounts of so she doesn’t get out of shape!" Claire says.

Forest was the twelfth chick to hatch from the captive breeding pair, Tahi and Bracken, who are originally from the Bay of Plenty region.
Rainbow Spring's hatch and release programme is also in full swing for the season recently hatching its 81st egg and with lots more in incubation.
To find out more about sponsoring a kiwi or making a donation visit www.rainbowsprings.co.nz Every Kiwi Encounter Tour booked at Rainbow Springs is donated to the National Kiwi Trust.

Rainbow Springs involvement in kiwi conservation began in 1995 with the arrival of an orphaned egg and the hatchery has grown over the years to become the largest kiwi hatching facility in New Zealand, successfully incubating and hatching brown kiwi eggs from around the North Island.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Onetai Station: Overseas Investment Office Puts Ceol & Muir On Notice

The Overseas Investment Office (OIO) has issued a formal warning to Ceol & Muir and its owners, Argentinian brothers Rafael and Federico Grozovsky, for failing to provide complete and accurate information when they applied to buy Onetai Station in 2013. More>>

ALSO:

Tomorrow, The UN: Feds President Takes Reins At World Farming Body

Federated Farmers president Dr William Rolleston has been appointed acting president of the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) at a meeting in Geneva overnight. More>>

ALSO:

I Sing The Highway Electric: Charge Net NZ To Connect New Zealand

BMW is turning Middle Earth electric after today announcing a substantial contribution to the charging network Charge Net NZ. This landmark partnership will enable Kiwis to drive their electric vehicles (EVs) right across New Zealand through the installation of a fast charging highway stretching from Kaitaia to Invercargill. More>>

ALSO:

Watch This Space: Mahia Rocket Lab Launch Site Officially Opened

Economic Development Minster Steven Joyce today opened New Zealand’s first orbital launch site, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island’s east coast. More>>

Earlier:

Marketing Rocks!
Ig Nobel Award Winners Assess The Personality Of Rocks

A Massey University marketing lecturer has received the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize for economics for a research project that asked university students to describe the “brand personalities” of three rocks. More>>

ALSO:

Nurofen Promotion: Reckitt Benckiser To Plead Guilty To Misleading Ads

Reckitt Benckiser (New Zealand) intends to plead guilty to charges of misleading consumers over the way it promoted a range of Nurofen products, the Commerce Commission says. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sci-Tech
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news