Kiwi move out of Rotokare for the first time!

Kiwi move out of Rotokare for the first time!

On Sunday 7th June 2020, we witnessed an epic event ten years in the making -- with kiwi being moved out of the Rotokare sanctuary for the very first time!

The Taranaki Kōhanga Kiwi at Rotokare project (a collaborative partnership between Taranaki Kiwit Trust (TKT) and Rotokare) has been working towards establishing a kiwi transfer programme and releasing kiwi across this region. A goal that we have been working towards for a decade.

Nine kiwi were released in the Totara forest block in Mangamingi, the first transfer of its kind in Taranaki. The Totara block is under the care of South Taranaki Forest and Bird, who have been trapping mammalian predators there since the '70s. This is community conservation at its finest, with three local community-led organisations collaborating to help achieve each other's goals and dreams.
We are thrilled to work with both TKT and South Taranaki Forest and Bird's projects, and are grateful for the support and hard work of all the staff, volunteers, sponsors, and supporters of these three organisations. Thanks also to Cooks Honda Hāwera for providing transport to the release site.
June is a big month for kiwi at Rotokare; tune in for more updates soon!

 

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