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Kiwi (Apteryx australis) Uncommon endemic
The following information from the Department of Conservation will give
an insight into the kiwi of the Ohope Scenic Reserve and the threats that
the kiwi has to face.
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Whakatane Kiwi Trust ,information about Kiwi and local conservation
Pictured, rangers Rod Warne (manager of the Whakatane kiwi project)
and Mark Jefferson with a male and female kiwi from Ohope Scenic Reserve.
kiwi have also been found in Waiotahe Scenic Reserve and Awakeri Conservation
Area, as well as remnant birds in Mokorua Bush Scenic Reserve and young
birds on Moutohora. The long term vision for the Whakatane kiwi project
is for the population to continue its growth and expand into areas where
kiwi are already present in small numbers, as well as the possibility
of expansion into areas where they no longer exist.
It is important that members of the public do not take their dogs into
kiwi areas as kiwi are extremely vulnerable to attacks by dogs.
Lack of a breastbone means that kiwi are easily crushed and killed in
a matter of seconds with the owner completely unaware of the incident.
The Department of Conservation asks dog owners to take a bit more care
with their dogs. Owners should be taking all reasonable steps to ensure
the dog does not injure, endanger or cause distress to protected wildlife.
For further advice on how best to help kiwi in your area check out the
Kiwi Recovery Programme's website, www.kiwirecovery.org.nz, or the Department
of Conservation website, www.doc.govt.nz., or contact your nearest Department
of Conservation or Royal Forest and Bird Protection society office.
Whakatane Kiwi Trust has a fantastic website with a lot of information
about Kiwi and local conservation efforts.
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