Wild Ways

Saddling up to farm the birds

Saddling up to farm the birds

Saddleback farming is going on at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, as conservation manager Elton Smith reports.

Making a difference

Making a difference

Tahu Mackenzie reports on an exciting new development in her work at Orokonui Ecosanctuary.

Dressing the guardians at Orokonui

Dressing the guardians at Orokonui

Alyth Grant reports on the growth and care of the flax grove near the entrance to Orokonui Ecosanctuary.

A bird brought back from the dead

A bird brought back from the dead

In 1914, the subfossil skull of a takahe turned up at the Otago Museum. It had been dug up that year at Waitati along with kiwi and moa bones, evidence that these large flightless birds once inhabited the coastal forests and shrublands of the Dunedin region.

Sanctuary robins are thriving

Sanctuary robins are thriving

The South Island robin population at Orokonui Ecosanctuary has exploded, going from 17 just three years ago to about 235 today. Fiona Gordon reports.

Song to start the day

Song to start the day

It is 4.45am at Orokonui Ecosanctuary and still dark. Cars approaching along Blueskin Rd form a stream of lights. So much traffic at this hour of the morning? Yes, everyone wants to be here for this special event for our volunteers.

Hunting the saddleback

Hunting  the saddleback

Orokonui Ecosanctuary's conservation manager, Elton Smith, recently oversaw the transfer of 50 South Island saddlebacks, a threatened species, from an island in deepest, darkest Fiordland.

Superstar lizards coming to stay

Superstar lizards coming to stay

Orokonui Ecosanctuary is preparing to receive a spectacular new species, as Neville Peat reports.

Cedars of the mist

Cedars of the mist

Mountain cedars are one of the special assets of Orokonui Ecosanctuary. They tell their own stories, with help from Peter Johnson.

The very rarest of rare birds

The very rarest of rare birds

Sirocco is coming back to Orokonui to get you hooked on kakapo conservation, writes Karin Ludwig.

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