Without the extraordinary dedication of a few conservationists, New Zealand's Kakapo would likely have gone the way of the Dodo.Google has a cached HTML version if you'd prefer.
The kakapo, of course, recalls the dodo (the former resident of what is now the island of Mauritius, east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean), which became extinct 300 years ago. Like the dodo, the kakapo is a large and solitary creature too heavy to fly. Also like the dodo, it nests on the ground. Like the kakapo, the dodo was numerous and longlived and a slow and infrequent breeder, which meant it could not bounce back once its population was diminished.
Saturday, April 02, 2005
KAKAPO PARROTS - Smithsonian Article
Here's an article from the 2002 Smithsonian Magazine called "Going To Extremes" (PDF) by DEREK GRZELEWSKI.