Kia ora kiwi! This eight day old kiwi chick is the offspring of Maia and Morehu
We’ve sent some feathers off for sexing and when the results come back, we’ll know if this kiwi is a male or female! This information is then passed on to the kiwi ‘studbook’ keeper that will let us know the best and genetically diverse future mate for this individual.
Thank you for following along with me today, as I introduced many of the precious native birds that Auckland Zoo is able to help – thanks to YOU! Without your zoo visits and donations, none of this important conservation work would be possible, so thank you. Stay tuned for the next #TakeoverTuesday in our series!
– Birds Team Leader, Carl
1,1691112 February, 2019
NEWS: Our team filmed this kākāpō chick emerging from its shell! 🐣
Our Auckland Zoo keepers and vet team are heavily involved in this year’s bumper kākāpō breeding season with our amazing partners @kakapo_recovery
Our expert staff are helping to monitor, rear, and transport chicks off Anchor Island and Whenua Hou (Codfish Island) to be cared for by The Wildlife Hospital in Dunedin – and even more chicks are on the way!
We’re ecstatic to be part of this world-leading Wild Work with our conservation friends. Stay tuned for more updates.
6331118 February, 2019
We’ve had a successful day in the Coromandel! 🐣
Auckland Zoo bird keeper Nat got a surprise when she visited kiwi Mapuku’s burrow with Neil from Thames Coast Kiwi Care (TCKC) and instead of finding two eggs like they expected, they found one egg and a two-day-old kiwi chick!
This kōhanga kiwi is destined for release on Motutapu island to establish a new population of wild kiwi where they once would have roamed, safe from predators.
If we didn’t intervene to hatch, incubate and re-home kiwi chicks with our partners @kiwisforkiwi, @docgovtnz and TCKC, 88% of the kiwi chicks that hatch in the North Island would be killed within one hundred days of hatching.
This work is only possible because of you. By visiting our kiwi in The Night forest, you’re helping to conserve kiwi like this in the wild – ka pai.
Visit Auckland Zoo this Thursday evening to learn about effective pest control in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf!
In our The Zoological Society of Auckland talk this month, Dr. Art Polkanov from @docgovtnz will give a detailed account of pest eradication success on Rangitoto and Motutapu and the positive change this has had on Aotearoa’s native bird and reptile species.
These informative talks run from 6.30 – 8pm in the evening at our Grasslands lecture theatre and are free for ZSA Members, $5 for Senior Citizens and students with ID and $10 for the general public.
The info below about the torea pango is from www.nzbirdsonline.org.nz 🌿
The variable oystercatcher is a large heavily-built shorebird. Adults have black upperparts, their underparts vary from all black, through a range of ‘smudgy’ intermediate states to white. They have a conspicuous long bright orange bill (longer in females), and stout coral-pink legs. The iris is red and eye-ring orange. Downy chicks occur in two colour morphs; they have a black bill, pale-mid grey upper parts with black markings, and either grey or off-white underparts. First-year birds have a dark tip to the bill, browner dorsal plumage, and grey legs.
Voice: variable oystercatchers are very vocal; loud piping is used in territorial interactions and when alarmed, and they have a loud flight call similar to other oystercatchers. Chicks are warned of danger with a sharp, loud ‘chip’ or ‘click’. Similar species: the black and smudgy morphs are distinctive. Pied morph birds can be confused with South Island pied oystercatcher. If seen together, adult variable oystercatchers are noticeably larger, but first-year birds may be confused. The demarcation between black and white on the breast is generally sharper on South Island pied, and they have more white showing forward of the wing when folded, and a broader white wingbar in flight.
There were about 2000 variable oystercatchers in the early 1970s, this had risen to about 4000 by the mid-1990s. There have been no nationwide surveys in recent years, but if the increase has continued at the same rate, the total population would now be 5000-6000. On the Northland east coast and on Coromandel Peninsula, the increase appears to be slowing, possibly as those areas approach carrying capacity. Population growth and delayed maturation mean there are many pre-breeders in the population, so the number of breeding birds is somewhat less than the total. Roughly two-thirds of the population is thought to be in the North Island.
Semester One! Tomorrow is my first day of uni, and I am equally over the moon and terrified. Navigating the unknown will certainly be a challenge (one I am totally up for) so ensuring I have all of the resources I need to get stuck in has been reassuring! For those interested in what textbooks we will be using, I've compiled a quick list. The anatomy book will also be required in Semester Two so it's an excellent purchase! Highly recommend The Nile and Book Depository for textbook purchases, got all three of these for less than $200 NZD ✨
Horopito🔥. She is one fiery hot rākau and at 65million years old this Kuia carries with her an incredible whakapapa of evolution and survival.
She has been able to survive through ice ages and even volcanic “winters” by developing chemicals that resisted not only animals and insects but microbes like fungi and bacteria💪. Her power lies in her fiery taste and mauri, the scientific component is called polygodial which is found to combat a variety of yeast like fungi infections for example candida. So because she has fought away fungi and bacteria for millions of years she has this powerful super power in her healing. She is able to heal fungi and bacteria in our human bodies like chicken pox, candida, ring worm and fungal infections.
She is the oldest flowering plant in the world 🌍 and she is only found in Aotearoa.
Got a good chunk of my Támoko sleeve done these past couple days, big thank you to @timhuntotaki for doing an amazing job and being patient with me aha, can’t wait to come back and get it finished 🤙🏻 #tattoo#nativeart#aotearoa#tamoko
🤗We are so excited to have our hands on @graham_young_artist new book! Not only is it a NZ must have, it also features works from the exhibition Graham held here (yes with us!) in February 2018. This is the second book Graham has published after Lazy Days. Both books are available in our beautiful shop..... what are you waiting for, get in and devour these beautiful quintessential Kiwi works or gift to someone over the sea. ❤️ Well done Graham we are absolutely delighted and we LOVE the new book❤️