The Kakapo Parrot, also known as the Owl Parrot, is the heaviest parrot in the world. Two other features make it extraordinary; it is also the only flightless parrot and the only nocturnal parrot known to man. Native to New Zealand, the Kakapo Parrots, are critcally endangered. As of November 16, 2009, there were 124 Kakapo Parrots in the wild. With such a low gene pool, recovering this unusual, almost prehistoric parrot species has been difficult.
How did this unique parrot become so endangered? Prior to settlement, Native New Zealand had two mammals on the islands, bats. Obviously not predators of the Kakapo Parrot. With the introduction of the Polynesian peoples and European settlers, came predatory mammals such as rats, ferrets, cats, dogs and more. The flightless, fearless Kakapoo parrot was defenseless against new mammals. Not only that, the unusual parrots simply did not even know that they had to retreat from these foreign mammals. Polynesian and European settlers prized Kakapo feathers and skin, as well as their meat. Records show that European settlers sent the first found Kakap0 skin to England for examination. The 1889 study found the Kakapo parrot to be the oldest, least developed parrot known to man, which only made collection of taxidermy specimens of this precious parrot more popular; diminishing their wild numbers yet further.
By 1952, New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs became alarmed with the diminishing Kakapo Parrot population and thereby started conservation efforts. New Zealand terrain and mammal predators make recovery efforts of this beutiful parrot difficult, at best. Wild parrots had to be moved to outlaying islands. Kakapo Parrot recovery efforts thankfully have an international appeal. PLEASE visit the KAKAPO RECOVERY PROGRAMME to find out what you can do to insure the Kapako Parrots’ survival.
So you want to help the Kakapo Parrot Recovery Programme, but you’re not sure how?
Well, the best opportunity as an individual is through fyour inancial support AND SPREADING THE WORD, . Saving endangered species is an expensive, long term business.
Please Donate any amount:
- $100 buys disease screening for one bird
- $250 buys a radio tracking aerial
- $1000 buys a portable incubator
- $1600 buys a radio-telemetry receiver
NO amount is too small – any donation will go directly towards kakapo parrot recovery – thank you SO much for your generosity!
PAYPAL DONATION: firstname.lastname@example.org
Send a cheque:
The Kakapo Recovery Programme
c/- PO Box 631
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