"Through this funding, we're investing in the future of kakapo
and giving nature a much needed helping hand with plans to eradicate cats, pigs and mice on the Maukahuka/Auckland Islands.
There is an ambivalence in this attitude, one that is also found in Walter Buller, the notorious ornithologist, as Jennifer Hay explains: Buller, 'a firm believer in the Darwinian theory of natural selection, regarded the demise of New Zealand's flora, fauna and indigenous peoples as foreordained, so why not gather and sell these specimens while he could?' Although Buller officially supported conservation, he nonetheless sent 'shipments of birds--kiwi, kakapo
, whekau (laughing owl), huia, piopio--to England as "tributes from the provinces'", helping 'drive some to extinction, notably the huia'.
Other animals and birds making an appearance include the kakapo
, polar bears and kinabalu giant red leech.
The animals include the Burmese roofed turtle, the vaquita, the northern sportive lemur, the Javan rhino, the Cao-vit gibbon, the kakapo
, the California condor, the saola, the Sumatran tiger, and the Anegada ground iguana.
Among many other special creatures, Ann-Kathrin had the privilege of working with the world's biggest owl, the eagle owl, the tiny rock wren, and the kakapo
. After starting her Master of Science on the conservation genetics of the black- fronted terns at the University of Otago, the project has grown and become a PhD project.
One was a New Zealand blend with the crazy name Kakapo
. It's a surefire way to get some stick in Northern Ireland if you tell people you're drinking a glass of Kakapo
A deeper knowledge of male reproductive biology also can increase the success of breeding programs and enable the use of the kea as a model species for other more threatened species, such as the kaka (Nestor meridionalis) and the kakapo
Meet the kakapo
. This large flightless bird lives only in New Zealand.
According to Fairweather's project plan, the anchors are located in five areas: Good Hope Bay in Kotzebue Sound for barge moorings; the Burger A site in the Chukchi Sea for the arctic containment system moorings; the Burger V site in the Chukchi Sea for the M/V Noble Discoverer drilling rig moorings; Kakapo
in the Chukchi Sea for a contingency location for the Discoverer drilling rig; and the Sivulliq site in the Beaufort Sea for the mobile offshore drilling unit Kulluk drilling rig moorings.
This series ends with a look at the creatures and plants that are relatively new to the islands - and one that has survived against all odds - the flightless nocturnal parrot, the Kakapo
Off the coast of New Zealand, conservationists are sequencing the genome of kakapo
parrots to try and bring the bizarre flightless bird back from the brink.