18 Mar 2021

Bringing Takahē back from the brink

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 1:55 pm on 18 March 2021

The Takahē, a flightless native bird is a true conservation surivor, but is still in real trouble.

The current estimated population of the flightless survivor is 445, as of October last year.

Ecology and biodiversity student Elizabeth Werner is this year's Blake trust DOC ambassador for the Takahē programme. She talks to Jesse about the work that's being done at the  Burwood Takahē Centre which has been ground zero for restoration efforts since 1985.

A family of takahē

A family of takahē Photo: DOC / Ashleigh Morrow

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