Conservationists discovered two kiwi chicks in the suburbs of Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, which became the first recorded birth of a bird in the wild in more than 150 years.
In total, there are 65 brown kiwis in the suburbs of Wellington, writes CNN.
According to the New Zealand Department of Conservation, the brown kiwi is one of the most common kiwi species in New Zealand, but without proper conservation, the birds could become extinct in the wild within two generations.
A further 18 brown kiwi chicks are expected to hatch as part of the Capital Kiwi Project, which aims to restore large-scale wild kiwi populations in New Zealand’s capital city. The project plans to use the transmitters to monitor the two new kiwi chicks, as well as others that will hatch later.
|PHOTO: Capital Kiwi Project
According to the charity organization Save the Kiwi, the population of flightless birds – kiwi, which once numbered about 12 million in New Zealand, has decreased to 68 thousand individuals.
In 1991, the New Zealand Department of Conservation launched the Kiwi Recovery Plan, which focused on predation control and community involvement.
According to the New Zealand Department of Conservation, the country’s kiwi population is declining by an average of 2% per year, mainly due to predators such as ermine, cats, dogs and ferrets.
According to Save the Kiwi, 95% of kiwis born in the wild in New Zealand die before reaching adulthood.
“Really the only problem is the kiwi – these are stray dogs and ermines that eat chicks” said Paul Ward, head of the Capital Kiwi Project team.
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