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5. Kiwi chick release on Motuora Location: Motuora Island, Hauraki Gulf

Partner Organisations: BNZ Save the Kiwi Trust, Kiwis for kiwi, Department of Conservation and Motuora Restoration Society

Project Objective: Release captive-hatched brown kiwi (Apteryx mantelli) as part of Operation Nest Egg Project Description:

Staff hours 2013/14 152

BNZ Operation Nest Egg was developed to reverse the decline of kiwi populations. The programme involves collecting kiwi eggs from the wild and incubating, hatching and rearing chicks in captivity. When about four weeks old, chicks are sent to a safe, designated crèche site - either a predator-free island or mainland sanctuary – until they reach around one kilogram. Only then are birds returned to their original habitat; when they are big enough to fend off most predators. Auckland Zoo is one of the eight designated specialist captive facilities in the country, where eggs are incubated, hatched and chicks reared for release – primarily on to Motuora Island, which is the designated crèche site for Northland brown kiwi. Over the 2013/2014 breeding season, Auckland Zoo hatched and released 13 chicks on to Motuora Island, bringing our total number of releases to 279. Additionally, in May 2014, a member of Auckland Zoo’s bird team travelled to Motuora Island to assist DOC staff and specially trained kiwi dogs with catching up kiwi and transporting them to the mainland for release. Staff hours No. of staff No. of staff Project AZCF project? to date 2013/14 to date longevity 440 47 Est. 1996-97 16 No (since 2011) (since 2011) On-going

6. Wetapunga releases on Motuora and Tiritiri Matangi Islands Location: Motuora Island and Tiritiri Matangi Island, Hauraki Gulf

Partner Organisations: Department of Conservation, Motuora Restoration Society, Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi, Ngati Manuhiri and Butterfly Creek

Project Objective: Restore populations of giant weta (Deinacrida heteracantha) to Motuora and Tiritiri Matangi Islands through breeding and release of captive-bred offspring Project Description: 95

Profile for Auckland Zoo

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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