Kakapo Brought Back from the Brink

Flightless and slow-moving, New Zealand’s kakapo parrot is on the verge of extinction. But a mammoth conservation effort stretching back decades is offering hope for one of the world’s rarest birds, lifting its numbers from about 50 in 1990 to 126 this year.

New Zealand's Kakapo Brought Back from the Brink

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Magdalena J.
Magdalena C.about a year ago

Thank you!

Aud Nordby
Aud nordby2 years ago


nairategev nairategev

I'm glad, although I'm not from NZ and probably I'll never get a chance to go there.

Dale Overall

Fascinating bird, glad to see some small progress is being made in saving this species.

Since both foxes and cats were introduced to Australia by human bipeds one can't really blame either species since man is responsible for their introduction. Glad that no one has gotten around to dumping penguins in the Arctic regions but one never knows.

Monica D.
Monica D.3 years ago

Thank you. It is such a shame that so many species are endangered due to human actions. It can take enormous effort to reverse even part of this damage.

Pushpraj Singh
Pushpraj Singh3 years ago


Yulan Lawson
Yulan Lawson3 years ago

Thanks for sharing the story.

Sarah M.
Sarah M.3 years ago

Oh my! What a cutie!

Biby C.
Biby C.3 years ago

One of the cutest birds I've ever seen. I was hoping to see one when I went on a trekking trip to New Zealand last year, but, of course, being such a rare bird, I knew even then that's too much to ask for!

Ron Grubner
Ron Grubner3 years ago

Donna....yeah 1080 is a poison which does a lot of why it is dropped although it does have side effects just like an antibiotic...it does have side effects.The reason 1080 is dropped is to kill mainly our biggest problem which are the possums,an Australian import which decimates our bush.Without the bush,our birds really suffer for they are particular about their environment.Other introduced pests like stoats,weasels,ferrrets, rats,deer,pigs,rabbits all damage our natural environment as well as mankind himself.Another almost extinct flightless bird is the Takehe which is the heaviest Rail in the world.Only 240 estimated birds exist and an extensive program is in place for it too.It all comes down to man's own interferance which is almost irreversable like most things in todays world.