Wednesday, January 18, 2006

KAKAPO PARROTS - Kakapo hunt ready to begin

And so it ... The New Zealand Herald with news of the Kakapo hunt that is ready to begin.
A mission to find a critically endangered New Zealand bird in the wild is being given a one-in-five chance.

Search teams were yesterday waiting for the weather to improve before starting on a survey of 30 sites in remote and rugged South Island bush for a male kakapo that would boost efforts to save the species.

Only 86 of the flightless parrots are known to exist. They all live in protected island sanctuaries such as Codfish Island, near Stewart Island.