Story: European discovery of plants and animals

Tethered takahē (1st of 3)

Tethered takahē

This male and female takahē were photographed by Geoffrey Orbell, an Invercargill doctor, in 1948. The species had been thought extinct until he rediscovered a population living in the Murchison Mountains, on the western shores of Lake Te Anau. He tethered this pair to sticks so that they could not escape.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP-Zoology-Birds, Takahe-01
Photograph by Geoffrey Buckland Orbell

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John Andrews, 'European discovery of plants and animals - New directions: 1890s–today', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 December 2023)

Story by John Andrews, published 24 Sep 2007