Bird’s Eye News – Kiwi Park May 2024

We’re excited to bring you the latest updates from Kiwi Park. It’s been a while since our last update, so there’s plenty to share!

Kea Aviary Expansion

We’re thrilled to announce that the expansion of our Kea aviary is progressing rapidly! Based on our current plans we’re optimistic that we’ll soon be able to host a flock of up to 10 Kea. Our park’s proximity to the mountains makes it an ideal location to showcase this magnificent species, and a larger flock will enhance their enrichment.

In exciting news, we’ll also be welcoming a female Kea from Auckland Zoo later this month. She will be introduced to our resident males, with hopes of pairing and breeding soon. Stay tuned for updates on this exciting development!

Kaka Breeding Program

As breeding season approaches, we’re eager to re-enter our Kaka breed-for-release program. This year’s management plan indicates that one of our females will leave us, and we’ll receive a male in her place. We hope this pairing will bolster our efforts to breed and release more Kaka into the wild.

Pako’s Progress

Our adorable Kiwi chick, Pako, is thriving! He’s steadily gaining weight and becoming more visible during Kiwi encounters in Kiwi house 3.

Facilities Update

Our facilities team have been hard at work within Kiwi Park, enhancing accessibility and visitor experience. They’ve improved wheelchair access on pathways, extended seating in our conservation show area, and continued reforestation efforts by planting hundreds of native plants. Additionally, our onsite arborist has been removing non-native species, allowing more light to reach our residents. Well done, team! 

Stay tuned for more updates and exciting news from Kiwi Park!

Ngā mihi, 

The Kiwi Park Team

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