Well, we might not be able to claim that sax has saved an endangered species – but after learning of a record-breaking kākāpō breeding season, we like to think it provided a nudge in the right direction.
We’re thrilled that this breeding season has brought 71* (and counting) new members of the booming into the world. There have been 249 eggs laid so far, with 76 of these still alive and developing, and 70 still to be checked for fertility.
In case you missed it, before this breeding season began, there were only 147 kākāpō left. We’ve been working with the Department of Conservation to develop some clever ways to save them, like 3D-printed Smart Eggs that can help mothers prepare for chick rearing. But these are only useful once breeding kicks off.
So, we put the call out across New Zealand for a saxophonist to record some saxy music to get the kākāpō in the mood to breed.
We had many entries from across the country, as Kiwis with saxophones leapt to help save a national treasure from extinction. Piers Dashfield of Wellington was the successful applicant, impressing our panel of saxperts – and, so it now seems, the kākāpō. At the very last, the sax reverberating throughout our great islands rallied national and global support for our feathered friends.
Check out how Piers’ soulful serenade played out in the video below, or show your support by donating to the Kākāpō Recovery Programme. You can also download the song for free below.
*numbers up to date as at Tuesday 9th April
(The song is best downloaded on desktop with Google Chrome. Once you click the download button above, the song will automatically open and play.
Then, click the three dots on the right to download.)
One of the more colourful creatures in New Zealand forests, the kākāpō is an endangered national treasure, with current population sitting at only 147 birds. At Meridian, we have teamed up with the Department of Conservation to support the Kākāpō Recovery Programme, which aims to get kākāpō off the endangered list and back to their former natural range.
The Kākāpō Recovery Programme is a world class conservation effort that has been in place since 1990, working to bring kākāpō back from the brink of extinction from a low of just 50 birds in 1995.
We’re thrilled that this breeding season has brought 71 (and counting) new members of the booming into the world. There have been 249 eggs laid so far, with 76 of these still alive and developing, and 70 still to be checked for fertility.
Kākāpō are native to New Zealand and are listed as a critically endangered species, with around 160 known surviving birds as of June 2016.
Meridian’s partnership with DOC will help to develop kākāpō conservation techniques, particularly through research on genetics, nutrition and disease management.