Successful Kakapo AI a World First.
The Department of Conservation (DOC) kakapo recovery team has carried out a world first – the successful artificial insemination (AI) of a wild bird population. Paternity tests confirmed artificial insemination, assisted by international bird reproduction expert Dr Juan Blanco, produced two chicks from two different females this breeding season. “This is a major break through for the recovery programme,” said kakapo recovery manager Deidre Vercoe. Go to www.kakaporecovery.org.nz for more information about this exciting development in the kakapo recovery programme.
Posted on: Wednesday, 20 January 2010