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Department of Conservation Project 1: Kakapo Sky Ranger

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/siroccokakapo Project Outline: The Skyranger project enables the Kakapo Recovery team to monitor the health and activity of the kakapo population on Hauturu Island through the use of a fixed wing plane and new transmitter technology. The “smart” transmitters report the Kakapo position; whether they are alive or dead, whether the females are nesting and, if so, for how long. The males’ transmitters provide information about which females they have mated with and when. Until now, kakapo rangers have had to physically track the birds to get the transmitter signal and data. This is more achievable on Codfish Island but difficult on Hauturu due to its size (3100 ha) and steepness. The “Sky Ranger” project will allow effective monitoring of this very important Kakapo population on Hauturu. Species Information and threat status: Kakapo = Critically Endangered http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/22685245/0 This species only survives as a tiny population on four offshore islands. With the instigation of intensive management in 1995, numbers are now increasing, but the population decline over the last three generations has been extremely rapid. In early 2012 there were 126 individuals, including 78 breeding adults. Threats: On Stewart Island, over 50% of monitored adults were killed each year by cats. Abnormally low egg fertility and exceedingly low natural reproductive and recruitment rates are major 10

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Auckland Zoo Field Conservation Report 2013/14  

Auckland Zoo field conservation report - 2013 / 2014

Auckland Zoo Field Conservation Report 2013/14  

Auckland Zoo field conservation report - 2013 / 2014

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