Two long-term captive kaka have taken their first halting
steps into the wild at Orokonui Ecosanctuary but are not
quite ready to leave their aviary.
Mr and Mrs Roto, long-term captive kaka at the Orokonui
Ecosanctuary near Dunedin, have been released back into the
wild this morning.
One year on from its grand opening, Orokonui Ecosanctuary is
on track to meet its targets for translocations, income,
education and visitor numbers, operations manager Chris
Information gleaned from the experimental relocation of
robins to Orokonui Ecosanctuary will hopefully help with the
translocation of endangered species in the future, University
of Otago associate professor Ian Jamieson says.
Orokonui Ecosanctuary has reached another milestone in its
fight against pests - it has finally eradicated the rats and
They are keeping up their air of mystery but the kiwi at
Orokonui Ecosanctuary are believed to be settling in well.
The eight kiwi released at Orokonui Ecosanctuary at the
weekend have begun moving around their new home.
After 130 years Dunedin residents finally have kiwi in their
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