Department of Conservation Project 5: Developing meta-population strategies and management tools for Takahē
Project Outline: This goal of this project is to enable DOC to contract the Conservation Breeding Specialist Group to develop tools that will allow takahē managers to identify key takahē population parameters, evaluate proposed population goals and manage population genetics so as to reduce inbreeding and the loss of genetic diversity. This will include allowing the current studbook for the pedigreed portion of the species to provide an objective basis for genetic management, and better integration of the captive and wild parts of this sub-population, potentially including the breeding of takahē in captivity for release in the wild. Species Information and threat status: South Island Takahē = Endangered North Island Takahē = Extinct http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/22692808/0 This species is listed as Endangered because it has an extremely small, albeit slowly increasing, population. The recovery programme in place aims to establish a self-sustaining population of over 500 individuals. If the population continues to increase, the species will warrant downlisting to Vulnerable in due course. The total population is currently estimated to number 227 adult birds, roughly equivalent to 340-350 individuals in total.
Auckland Zoo field conservation report - 2013 / 2014