For the first time in 130 years, the call of kiwis in the
wild is being heard near Dunedin, at the Orokonui
The forest parrots are the entertainers of Orokonui
Ecosanctuary but, as Sue Hensley writes, their survival is a
Orokonui Ecosanctuary's visitor centre has been described as
an "inspirational example of sustainable architecture" by the
2011 New Zealand Architecture Awards jury.
In the first of a regular monthly column looking at life
in the Orokonui Ecosanctuary, Neville Peat talks to Valerie
Fay about searching for kiwi.
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.
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