Sperm taken from a Kakapo at Codfish Island two weeks ago has survived its deep freeze in liquid nitrogen.
"We're getting somewhere between 60% and 70% on some of our samples which is pretty high," said research scientist Serean Adams.
There are now 86 living Kakapo but virtually all of them are related.
"There's quite a lot of in-breeding and that's leading to infertility and quite a lot of our birds are quite old now and we don't want to lose this genetic material before they die," said Department of Conservation spokesperson Daryl Eason.
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
KAKAPO PARROTS - Scientists celebrate Kakapo discovery
Great news from New Zealand, and the TVNZ site. "Scientists are celebrating after successfully testing a procedure that could play a major role in saving the world's most endangered parrot - New Zealand's Kakapo."