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Two kiwi species are no longer endangered

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sarahb   Paws Up 4,847
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Two species of kiwi are being touted as global success stories after being moved off an internationally endangered list.

The North Island brown kiwi and the rare rowi (or okarito kiwi) are now classed as vulnerable, rather than endangered, by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

In 1995 there were just 160 individual rowi, but there are now 450 adults of the species. The rowi is on the Department of Conservation's list of vulnerable species, one step down from endangered.

The brown kiwi population is considered stable, with managed populations growing more than 2 per cent a year. Unmanaged populations are still declining and DoC classes the kiwi as being at risk of extinction.

The turnaround is the result of 30 years of co-ordinated efforts from the government, tangata whenua, and community groups like Forest & Bird.

Conservationists started by rescuing eggs from the forest to hatch and fledge safely away from predators, which are the main threat to kiwis.

The recovery programme, known as Operation Nest Egg, helped increase juvenile survival rates while pest-control techniques were being developed, according to Forest & Bird chief conservation officer Kevin Hackwell.

Hackwell said it was great to have international recognition for the work of the Kiwi Recovery Group.

But he warned other kiwi species, like the great spotted and some tokoeka species, were still in serious trouble. The brown kiwi and rowi are also not out of the woods - their "vulnerable" status means both are still at a high risk of extinction in the wild.

"Predators continue to be the biggest threat to kiwi survival, which is why the latest Kiwi Recovery Plan is seeking a significant increase in large scale pest control efforts to save all of our kiwi species," Hackwell said.

"Now that kiwi recovery has proven to be so successful, we need to commit the necessary resources to make it happen elsewhere."

Source: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11953693
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I love seeing good news regarding wildlife for once :nick:

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Mer Boy   Paws Up 9,208
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Harry Styles’ impact! :flutter: 

Beautiful birds! 

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Helxig   Paws Up 12,910
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AYYY! I'm from New Zealand and I didn't even know this until now! That's great! 

I love when any animal is able to be taken off the endangered species list! Good work humans, you did something right.

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I'll be myself until they f*ucking close the coffin.

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imnotyourbabe10   Paws Up 966
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This is why I adore this cult site.  We can go from hunty threads to legit news and education.  Learned something new this morning! Thanks for posting and sharing! :hug:

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RainbowBlonde   Paws Up 8,997
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21 minutes ago, Panchecco said:

I love potatoes with feathers and a beak

I love eating potatoes with feathers and a beak :creepflop:

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sarahb   Paws Up 4,847
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New Zealand is also aiming to be predator free by 2050. So they're trying to remove invasive animals like possums, rats and stoats which would be amazing for the native animals there. 

Wish we could do the same thing in Australia for invasive species, but there's a LOT more area here that would need to be covered :noparty: 

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Panchecco   Paws Up 13,917
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20 minutes ago, RainbowBlonde said:

I love eating potatoes with feathers and a beak :creepflop:

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RainbowBlonde   Paws Up 8,997
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36 minutes ago, Panchecco said:

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WAAAT how that's like the most vegan thing to eat ever :bon:

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Blake   Paws Up 4,533
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Wow, my boy's impact! :whitney:

 

1 hour ago, Mer Boy said:

Harry Styles’ impact! :flutter: 

Beautiful birds! 

Trying to come for my gig. :awkney: 

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DannyRodeck   Paws Up 255
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Hell yes I love kiwis so much

Check out my Million Reasons cover: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SE5nmPJzV9U

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