Sunday, April 03, 2005

KAKAPO PARROTS - Don Merton to retire

The New Zealand Herald is also reporting that Don Merton, the long-time Kakapo conservationist is to retire.
The man who led the dramatic rescue of one of New Zealand’s most famous birds is retiring after almost 50 years.

Almost exactly 30 years ago this month, Don Merton and a team of wildlife service staff and volunteers were camping in a remote Fiordland valley in a last-ditch attempt to find the native parrot kakapo, feared to be extinct.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow. So many connections to the Last Chance To See Book are vanishing.

The Baiji, gone (almost certainly). The Northern White Rhino, nearly gone. And now Don Merton, going.

Somehow I thought that he would die in his boots. Maybe he still will. I can't imagine someone so passionate about what he does simply going off quietly into retirement.