Success: Endangered Kakapo’s Population Increased Through Conservation  

Target: David Parker, Minister for the Environment of New Zealand

Goal: Praise the implementation of conservation programs that increased the Kakapo’s population.

The endangered kakapo has seen a rise in its numbers, largely thanks to multiple conservation programs aimed at protecting both the bird and its habitat. This is promising news for a species once nearly extinct and for those who signed this ForceChange petition. Thank those who are working tirelessly to save this important species.

“Between January and April, 86 chicks were born, of which 70 are still alive,” stated Andrew Digby, New Zealand’s kakapo science adviser. While these numbers may seem minimal, they are an increase from previous breeding seasons. Inbreeding has caused the kakapo’s infertility rate to skyrocket, meaning that only 60% of their eggs are fertile without artificial insemination of genetically matched pairs. Kakapo conservation sanctuaries are being introduced to protect the species from predators and give them a safe place to raise their young. Scientists are also closely monitoring the species through microchips and transmitters to ensure the health of the birds and encourage breeding.

While this species still has many challenges ahead, this is a success that should be celebrated. Sign below and thank those who encourage and support these conservation efforts.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Parker,

One of New Zealand’s most endangered species has increased in population, thanks to conservation programs aimed at protecting the birds and encouraging healthy reproduction. The kakapo has been fighting for survival against nearly impossible odds. Inbreeding caused the species to become infertile in 40% of cases and predators and illnesses make their habitats challenging for the raising of their young.

Now, due to captive breeding programs and specially designed conservation sanctuaries, the species is slowly climbing out of a near-extinction. This is a win for science, and I am thankful to you and all those who have contributed to this successful breeding season. Please continue to support these conservation efforts that are bringing this species back from the brink.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Department of Conservation


3 Comments

  1. David Parker, Minister for the Environment of New Zealand

    I praise the implementation of conservation programs that increased the Kakapo’s population.

    Great work. Keep it up.

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