Endangered Species Day

Sadly, many species of birds are endangered. Too many to feature on today’s post, so Cooper decided to pick one to spotlight: the kākāpō.Sinbad_fullThe kākāpō lives in New Zealand and is the world’s only flightless parrot. Cooper thinks it looks like a cross between a budgie and a muppet.

The kākāpō is nocturnal, long living (58 – 90 years) and is very friendly. They are said to have a pleasant, musty scent (though not as pleasant as a budgie, I’ll bet). The bird was almost wiped out by colonization and through the introduction of predators to its habitat.

Bluster_fullThere are fewer than 150 kākāpō today. The Kākāpō Recovery Program is comprised of scientists, rangers and volunteers who look after the remaining birds and help them to survive and thrive.

Find out more about the fascinating kākāpō and the Kākāpō Recovery Program here. You can view the chicks (if you happen to be in the area), donate or even adopt (sponsor) one of the birds. Cooper hopes these gentle, friendly birds will make a comeback and one day be off the endangered species list.

Kuia