Friday, August 04, 2006

KAKAPO PARROTS - The 86 Names

Please visit The Kakapo Recovery ProgrammeOf all the endangered animals that Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine went to visit for Last Chance To See, the Kakapo Parrot is, without doubt, my absolute favourite. They have so much personality, look and behave so bizarrely, and their struggle for survival is so desperately tragic.

The Kiwi Conservation Club's list of Kakapo names was last updated in 2004. Since I recently identified why we have 86 and not 87 Kakapo Parrots, I thought that this would be an opportune time to bring the KCC's list of Kakapo Names up-to-date.

In 2001 there were 62 kakapo.
But over the 2001/2002 summer 24 kakapo chicks were born.
Then there were 86 kakapo!
Sadly in July 2004 three kakapo girls died.


and now...

In 2005 four chicks were born (3 female, 1 male),
but sadly adult male Gunner died...

leaving us still with 86 Kakapo, living on Maud Island, Codfish/Whenua Hou Island and Chalky/Te Kakahu Island.

FEMALES - Total 41
Alice
Aparima (Wendy's chick 2001/2002)
Aranga (Lisa's Chick 1999)
Bella
Boomer (1999 chick)
Cyndy
Ellie (Lisa's Chick 1999)
Esperance (Flossie's chick 2001/2002)
Flossie
Fuchsia
Hananui (Lisa's chick 2001/2002)
Hauturu (Lisa's Chick 1999)
Heather
Hine taumai (Wendy's chick 2001/2002)
Hoki
Jane
Jean
Konini (Fuchsia's chick 2001/2002)
Kuia (Flossies chick 1998)
Kuihi (Jean's chick 2001/2002)
Lisa
Maggie
Marama (Margaret Maree's chick 2001/2002)
Margaret-Maree
Mila (Margaret-Maree's chick 2001/2002)
Monoa (Margaret-Maree's chick 2001/2002)
Nora
Pearl (Alice's chick 2001/2002)
Pounamu (Sara's chick 2005)
Poura (Flossie's chick 2005)
Rakiura (Flossie's chick 2001/2002)
Ruth
Sandra
Sara
Solstice
Sue
Suzanne
Tumeke (Wendy's chick 2001/2002)
Wendy
Yasmin (Flossie's chick 2005)
Zephyr
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Aroha (Sue's chick 2001/02 - died July 2004)
Aurora (Zephyr's chick 2001/02 - died July 2004)
Vollie (Ruth's chick 2001/2002 - died July 2004)
MALES - Total 45
Al (Alice's chick 2001/2002)
Arab
Ariki (Sara's chick 2001/2002)
Barnard
Basil
Ben
Bill
Blades
Blake (Jean's chick 2001/2002)
Bonus
Boss
Dobbie
Doc (Ruth's chick 2001/2002)
Felix
Gulliver (Flossie's Chick 1998)
Gumboots
Horton (Cyndy's chick 2001/2002)
Jimmy
Joe
Kumi (Margaret-Maree's chick 2005)
Lee
Lionel
Luke
Manu (Alice's Chick 1997)
Merty
Merv
Morehu (1999 chick)
Nog
Ox
Palmer-san (Heather's chick 2001/2002)
Piripi
Ralph (Met by Douglas Adams in LCTS)
Richard-Henry
Robbie (Heather's chick 2001/2002)
Sass
Sinbad (Flossie's Chick 1998)
Sirroco (Zephyr's chick 1997 hand raised) #
Smoko
Stumpy
Takitimu (Sue's chick 2001/2002)
Te Kingi (Jean's chick 2001/2002)
Tiwai (Zephyr's chick 1997)
Trevor (1999 chick)
Waynebo
Whiskas
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Gunner (died 2005)


# Don't forget, the Ulva Island Trust is hosting a rare opportunity to meet male Kakapo Sirocco with their Kakapo Encounter 2006. Book now to avoid disappointment!

Thanks to The Kiwi Conservation Club, the NZ DOC on Stewart Island and the National Kakapo Team.

3 comments:

Mosher said...

Am I the only one suprised there isn't a "Douglas" or "Mark"? In fairness, these two guys must have raised more awareness in one fell swoop - particularly outside of NZ - than anyone else has managed.

I think we should start a campaign :)

Gareth said...

That's a great idea Mosher. If we have a successful breeding season next year and they have another naming competition, we'll have to bombard them with entries....

The Artist said...

A great site.