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What is the population of wild okarito kiwi in new zealand?
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Asked in Kiwis (birds)
Where would you go if you wanted to see kiwi?
The only place kiwi can be seen in the wild is New Zealand. Kiwi are native to the islands of New Zealand and, being protected birds, there are limited zoos outside of New Zealand where they can be found. For a list of zoos and reserves where kiwi can be seen, both within New Zealand and overseas, see the related link below.
Asked in Kiwis (birds)
What is the chance of survival for the kiwi bird in captivity?
Kiwi need specialised care if they are to be kept in captivity. They cannot be kept as pets. Their survival rate in protected captivity is better than in the wild, because they are not subject to predation by wild dogs and cats, and some of the other introduced animals that have caused the decimation of the kiwi population.
Asked in New Zealand
How did the New Zealand kiwi bird come to New Zealand?
The kiwi is native to New Zealand, and is not found anywhere else in the world, either in the wild or in captivity. For many years, it was thought that the kiwi and the emu of Australia shared a common ancestor, but very recent research has shown this is not likely to be the case. DNA testing of the kiwi and the long-extinct elephant bird of Madagascar showed that these two are more closely related. Scientists now theorise that both burrs came from a common ancestor in Antarctica, before it became a frozen continent.
Asked in New Zealand, TV Shows and Series
What are the release dates for Wild On... - 1997 Wild on New Zealand?
What is being done about the kiwi being endangered?
There are organisations helping to conserve the kiwis. A well known organisation is The Bank of New Zealand Operation Nest Egg. This operations involves people (mainly volunteers) getting eggs from the wild and raising them in captivity until the kiwis are fit enough to live in the wild. Further information: There are many conservation plans in place to protect the New Zealand icon. The Kiwi Recovery Programme was initiated by the New Zealand government in 1991, and has been financially supported by the Bank of New Zealand and the Forest and Bird Society. Research has been undertaken to learn more about the kiwi's needs and breeding habits. It is believed that 95% of young chicks do not survive past their first six months, and so captive breeding programmes have been established to improve the number of chicks. "Operation Nest Egg" involves the hatching of kiwi eggs in protected places such as Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, Auckland Zoo or Native Bird Recovery Centre in Whangarei, and releasing the chicks when they are much older. This has increased the survival rate of chicks to as much as 85%. Also, the use of DNA testing has enabled people involved in breeding programmes to identify unrelated kiwi that would breed stronger chicks by minimising in-breeding. In addition, there are kiwi sanctuaries at Coromandel, Tongariro Forest, Okarito, Haast and Whangarei. Trust and protection plans include: Bank of New Zealand Save the Kiwi Trust Rainbow Springs Moehau Environment Group Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust Karori Wildlife Sanctuary Trust
How is the kiwi being protected?
Kiwi became officially protected across New Zealand in 1896. In 1991, the New Zealand Department of Conservation, together with the Bank of New Zealand, commenced a programme to foster research and protection of the kiwi. One result of this has been the project known as Operation Nest Egg, which started in 1994. Kiwi are left to fend for themselves at a very young age, and it is estimated that only 5% survive to maturity. This programme takes kiwi eggs from the wild, incubates them artificially and then places the hatched chicks in an area secure from predators, usually one of the many offshore islands. When they have reached the point where they are far less vulnerable, they are returned to the area from which the eggs were taken. Kiwi sanctuaries have been established on offshore islands such as Kapiti and Little Barrier, as well as on the mainland, e.g. ÅŒkarito and Haast in Westland, where predators have been controlled. There are also numerous kiwi captivity houses in various locations around New Zealand.
What are the threats to kiwis living in the wild?
The biggest threat to the kiwi comes from dogs, feral cats and other imported pets including the stoat, of all things. New Zealand has no native predators. Being a small, flightless bird, its defenses are extremely limited. Many kiwis are also killed every year by unregistered Pig-Hunting dogs (registratrion requires Kiwi Aversion training) and being killed while crossing roads/highways. Loss of habitat due to deforestation and destruction of large tracts of native bush is also endangering the kiwi. Not only does this threaten its food sources, but deforestation means the kiwi has fewer places to hide from its many predators. Prior to Europeans coming to New Zealand, the kiwi enjoyed a healthy population.
With deforestation will kiwis become extinct?
If deforestation continues, and kiwi no longer have anywhere to hide from domestic dogs and other creatures that continue to ravage their populations, kiwi are likely to become extinct in the wild On the New Zealand mainland. However, not all species of kiwi are currently endangered, and conservation programs seek to relocate kiwi to protected islands where deforestation will not be permitted, and where they are also safe from introduced predators. There are likely to always be some kiwi in protective captivity as well, so chances are good that the species, as a whole, will not become extinct.
Asked in Domestic Dogs, Kiwis (birds)
How are dogs predators to kiwis?
Dogs have been introduced to New Zealand. Wild dogs hunt the kiwi for food, while unsupervised domestic dogs will run down and kill kiwi indiscriminately, as it is instinctive for many breeds to chase a moving target. Kiwi exude quite a strong smell, which attracts dogs. A single dog can wreak untold damage in one night, killing dozens of kiwi in a frenzied attack, all for the thrill of the chase.
What eats the kiwi?
Asked in New Zealand, Horses
In New Zealand what name has been given to horses that returned to the wild?