The New Zealand Kakapo

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The kakapo is a unique bird. The kakapo is one of the rarest parrots in the world: It’s flightless, It’s the world’s heaviest parrot, It's possibly the oldest living bird and.., It has a subsonic mating boom that can travel several kilometres

And that's just a few things that make kakapo so special! The kakapo can only be found in New Zealand and every year countless people from around the world - dozens of hard working volunteers - give their time and energy trying to save the kakapo from the brink of extinction. Most of the Kakapo Recovery takes place on remote, predator-free islands off southern New Zealand.

Kakapo population change, 2007-2017

Year Total
2007 86
2008 91
2009 124
2010 122
2011 128
2012 125
2013 124
2014 127
2015 125
2016 125
2017 154

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