8 September 2009
Rare kokako to sing in the Waitakere Ranges once again
The haunting melody of the endangered kokako is returning to the Waitakere Ranges after an absence of more than 60 years.
Intensive pest control efforts by the Ark in the Park project has resulted in the planned release of up to 30 kokako birds into the ranges over the next two years, beginning with the first transfer of birds on Tuesday 8 September 2009.
These kokako are being transferred to the Waitakere Ranges from the Mangatutu and Waipapa Ecological Areas of the Pureora Forest in the central North Island with the aim of creating a new self-sustaining kokako population at this large new site.