Monday, August 14, 2006

KAKAPO PARROTS - Grape? Yes, Prime Minister...

Kakapo EncounterNew Zealand's STUFF has more coverage of the Kakapo Encounter event now running in New Zealand. Prime Minister Helen Clark visited Sirocco the Kakapo over the weekend and was allowed to feed him a grape, which he happily took without nibbling her as well. Sirocco is one of only 86 of these critically endangered birds left alive.
Clark said the story of the kakapo was one of the "great fights for survival".

"When you see a bird that is one of the 86 left in the species, it's a pretty emotional experience.

"It's fantastic to have the opportunity to see one in their natural environment," she said. "It was a really special experience to be able to see a kakapo ... it really makes you see how important the Kakapo Recovery Programme is."
Full story at New Zealand's Stuff.co.nz.

Don't miss the TVNZ video report we mentioned yesterday, where you can see Sirocco in action for yourself.

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