Story: Kiwi

Rowi chick

Rowi chick

Under the Operation Nest Egg programme, eggs and young chicks are incubated artificially. The chick is kept safe until it is large enough to fend for itself in the wild. This Ōkārito brown kiwi (rowi) chick rests after hatching at the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve in Christchurch. Since there are only about 600 surviving rowi, the care given to individual birds makes a real difference to the species’ future.

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Photograph by Chrissy Wickes

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Jock Phillips, 'Kiwi - Life and death', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 July 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 15 May 2015