Story of some Brits living in New Zealand for the Southern Hemisphere Winter in 2004
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Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Kakapo Deaths - Mystery infection kills three kakapo (very rare flightless parrot)

Very sad News today that a wildlife recovery programme here is struggling, with three recent bird deaths.

These very rare parrots are flightless and there are less than 100 left.

Very sad to lose 3 of these.

Kiwi conservation efforts aimed at flightless birds are a big thing here. People are aware that Possums, Stoats, Dogs and Cats and a whole host of introduced predators have all but extinguished the indigenous flightless bird populations, that evolved in an environment without such predators. The only mamals indigenous to New Zealand are a couple of bats about the size of your thumb.


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