Kaka To Be Released Into Karori Sanctuary

Scoop: Kaka To Be Released Into Karori Sanctuary

Wellington’s kaka population is set to be three birds better off from Monday 11 June, when kaka chicks bred at Wellington Zoo are released at Karori Sanctuary.

Effectively extinct in Wellington since the early 1900s, the gregarious and highly intelligent kaka has made a remarkable comeback since eleven birds were released into the Sanctuary between 2002 and 2004. The population now stands at over 70, and the birds are regularly seen in local gardens across the city. The introduction of Zoo-bred birds to the Sanctuary population will help to ensure the genetic diversity of this iconic species in Wellington.