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.

Sunday 11 March 2018

Rare kiwi under care of Wildlife Hospital

It is a figure which brings home just what an endangered species means: 1% of the world's population of Haast kiwi are now under the care of Dunedin Wildlife Hospital.

There are just 400 of the alpine kiwi species believed to be alive, and four chicks are being cared for at the hospital after contracting a bacterial infection.

''They are the world's rarest kiwi,'' Elton Smith, conservation manager at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, said.

"With only 400 in the world, every single one counts, and to get these birds to their current age of 3 to 4 months, has taken plenty of resources.''

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