19 Aug 2019

Skraark! Kākāpō population cracks 200

From Morning Report, 8:57 am on 19 August 2019
When kakapo chicks reach 150 days old they graduate to being juveniles. They won't be counted as adults until they are four and a half years old.

When kākāpō chicks reach 150 days old they graduate to being juveniles. Photo: RNZ / Alison Ballance

 

The critically endangered kākāpō have reached a big milestone, with their population now totalling 200.

When kākāpō chicks turn 150 days old they become juveniles and are officially counted as part of the population - which Esperance-3B-19 did yesterday.

Deidre Vercoe is the operations manager of DOC's Kākāpō Recovery Team, she spoke to Susie Ferguson and said it is an incredible result.
 

 

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