Endangered Haast Kiwi Released on Pomona Island
In late October, seven Haast Tokoeka were released on Pomona. This sub-species is listed as critically endangered and numbers around 370 birds in total. These birds are the first group of a planned population of 16 kiwi for the island. They form part of a distributed population based in three centres - Pomona Island, Coal Island in Preservation Inlet and Orokonui Ecosanctuary in Dunedin. The kiwi were transported to Pomona Island on the Meridian Energy vessel, Mararoa. DOC staff and Trustees fitted transmitters to all of the birds before they were released by students from Fiordland College and volunteers from the local community.
Posted on: Sunday, 13 November 2011