28 Jul 2020

Competition to name famous albatross chick

From Morning Report, 7:56 am on 28 July 2020

She's a famous toroa - or northern royal albatross chick - and before she leaves our shores she needs a name.

The baby bird and her parents have been viewed at least 1.6 million times via live stream since she was hatched at Otago's Pukekura/Taiaroa Head in January.

The Conservation Department is this week running a competition to name the toroa before she flies 9000 kilometres across the Pacific Ocean to feed near South America.

Sharyn Broni is a Conservation Department biodiversity ranger.