30 Nov 2023

Flightless native birds manage escape from Waikato wildlife sanctuary

From Checkpoint, 5:53 pm on 30 November 2023

A security review is underway after a series of brazen breakouts from a Waikato wildlife sanctuary.

In the past two months three Kakapo have gone over the wire at Sanctuary Mountain, Maungatautari, near Pukeatua.

The famously curious parrots apparently making short work of the 47 kilometre pest proof fence.

Repeat offender, Motupohue, and two other Kakapo have been transferred to another protected area for their own safety.

Deidre Vercoe, DOC operations manager for Kakapo explains how they think the flightless birds are busting out.