Thursday, August 03, 2006

KAKAPO PARROTS - Overseas bookings surge for the Kakapo Encounter

Kakapo EncounterAccording to New Zealand's Stuff, overseas bookings for the upcoming Kakapo Encounter event have surged, due in part to publicity on Douglas Adams websites like this one.
From August 12 to October 23 the Ulva Island Trust is offering the rare opportunity to view one of the 86 remaining Kakapo. The flightless parrots are rarely seen in public because of efforts to increase breeding on predator-free, offshore islands.

As well as bookings for the trips from Japan and the United Kingdom, publicity on websites dedicated to author Douglas Adams, of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy fame, had also been generated because of Mr Adams' 1990 book Last Chance To See. The book described his encounters with some of the most endangered species on earth.

Mr Adams spent time on Codfish Island-Whenua Hou, near Stewart Island, so he could include kakapo in the book.
Full story at We first covered the Kakapo Encounter event on July 17th.

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