Thursday, April 28, 2005

KAKAPO PARROTS - Rare parrot receives special care

BBC News has this report on the dedicated men and women who give up their summer holidays to take care of the endangered Kakapos.
For most people, the thought of hiking through cold, boggy tracks to sleep in a small tent on a steep hillside, and then to be woken four to fives times a night, doesn't sound like a holiday.
Each night, nest-minders camp in a tent near a nest. Their job is to monitor the egg or chick whenever the mother leaves the nest, moving in with special heat pads to help the egg or chick stay warm.

"Nest-minders get woken up at all hours... from seven o'clock in the evening, right through to four o'clock, six o'clock in the morning," explains Tony Preston, a member of DOC's kakapo team.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That's so great! I remember reading about these birds and hoping beyond hope that we wouldn't let them become extict. A really great species they are. I hope to have the chance to see one some day.