As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Saturday 8 June 2013

Sirocco the Kakapo to return for a 6 week season in Wellington

Very rare chance to meet a kākāpō

He's big, handsome and one of only 124. Sirocco the kakapo, most famous for apparently mistaking Mark Carwardine as a mate (see video), is returning to Wellington to allow people to see close up just what a fantastic bird he is. 

Despite late viewing hours over 4,300 people came face-to-face with the living legend at Zealandia during his first stay in 2011. This time, Sirocco Encounters can be booked at the earlier times of 6.30pm, 7pm, 7.30pm and 8pm.

"It's a much more family-friendly schedule; we want kids to see kākāpō and learn about the issues Sirocco advocates for on behalf of Kākāpō Recovery" says Zealandia's Education and Visitor Experience Manager Brian Ireland.

Unlike the ugly fall-out from most sex tapes, Sirocco's story is one of heady success. He may not be part of the breeding program but he's making more kākāpō another way; Sirocco has turned the world's eyes on the plight of his species - our critically endangered kākāpō, or ‘parrot of the night', of which there are now only 124 left.

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