Pukaha News

Love Pukaha, love kiwi

In keeping with our theme of Love this February, we're pleased to announce the arrival of "Valentine" who hatched at Pukaha at 6pm on Saturday 14 February 2015.

Valentine will remain in a warm brooder for the next 5 days until he is ready to be introduced to food. He will then be fed daily at 12 noon until he's reached his hatch weight.  As participants in Operation Nest Egg, Pukaha kiwi are creched until they reach 1.2 kilos and are then placed into the Pukaha Mount Bruce forest.

Valentine hatched from the 85th kiwi egg brought into the Pukaha nursery since 2005.

More Kiwis tagged in the forest

In an attempt to keep track of more male kiwi in the Pukaha forest, we recently had Jo Sims and her kiwi tracking dogs Maddie and Rua on site.  They found a very interesting juvenile kiwi we've nicknamed "Patchy" and you can see why by the photo!

Whio breeding success at Pukaha

Picture of whio duckling

This breeding season at Pukaha Mount Bruce has been fantastic for our Whio.  16 ducklings have hatched which is a wonderful result.

With an estimated 2,500 whio left in the wild, an additional 16 will make a welcome addition.

These ducklings are being raised for the first few weeks here at Pukaha and then will go to a special 'hardening unit' at Turangi.

Whio live on fast flowing rivers and unless the ducklings are taught to swim in fast water before they are released, they will have a difficult time acclimatising to life in the wild.