On March 28th three members of our staff were lucky to take part in the release of 63 Pāteke into the Arthur Valley near Milford Sound.
The birds were flown from Peacock Springs to Queenstown, driven to Milford Sound, and then helicoptered to the release site. The original release site was under water due to the recent heavy rainfall, meaning the birds would need to be released farther up the river.
In 2000, there were only 400 Pāteke left in the wild. Since then, the Kiwi Birdlife Park has been proud to release 100 into the wild. A big thanks to The Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust, the Te Anau DOC members, as well as Air New Zealand who sponsored the Pāteke project. With their dedication and research of the new release site these birds have a great chance of survival in their new habitat.
All of our conservation efforts are funded by our visitors and supporters so thanks for your help!