Then and Now

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The history of the Kakapo is a story of drama, despair, and hope. A ground-dwelling parrot that lived on the isolated landmass of New Zealand for thousands of years, the Kakapo evolved into one of the world's most remarkable birds

But with human colonisation, and the introduction of predaators such as stoats, cats, rats, and dogs, the species plummeted towards extinction. By 1995, there were only 50 known Kakapo surviving, on a handful of small island sanctuaries

Today, with a world population of 120 and a comprehensive Kakapo Recovery Programme underway, the Kakapo is on it's first tentative steps to recovery

Read more about the Kakapo here

Follow Sirocco, the official Spokes-Kakapo on Facebook here

Detailed facts about the Kakapo here

Watch as NZ's own Don Merton & the NZ Department of Conservation talk about Kakapo recovery efforts