After a very successful 21/22 breeding season, kākāpō numbers are now at a record high of 252! This is a far cry from the 51 birds we started out with back in 1995 when the Kākāpō Recovery Programme first launched.
Breeding seasons are always a busy time for rangers and support staff on Pukenui (Anchor Island) and Whenua Hou (Codfish Island), so we sent two Meridian team members, Tui and Niels, to lend a hand as volunteers for two weeks each. They captured some of their adventures to give you an idea of what the rangers, volunteers and support staff do daily to bring this beautiful taonga species back from the brink of extinction.
Photo credit: Brodie Philp - Kākāpō Ranger for the Department of Conservation.
Photo credit Sarah Manktelow