You can support Kākāpō Recovery by “adopting” a Kākāpō Silver for NZD250. Your adoption directly benefits the continued care and nurturing of all the world’s remaining kākāpō.
Flossie‘s silver adoption package includes:
- Personalised adoption certificate
- Medium Kākāpō Plushie
First discovered: On Rakiura/Stewart Island, 1982
Named After: Lockie Carmichael’s mother – Lockie did pest eradication on Hauturu-O-Toi/Little Barrier Island.
Flossie is best-known as the bird that Richard Henry – the last surviving Fiordland kākāpō – took a shine to in 1998. She produced three chicks – Sinbad, Gulliver and Kuia – and it is hoped they will continue to share his crucial Fiordland genes in a population otherwise dominated by Stewart Island birds. That breeding event was a huge relief for kākāpō staff – not only was it the first time Richard Henry successfully mated, but it was also the only time that kākāpō bred on Maud Island. In fact, the breeding event was even more unusual because Flossie chose to nest on the steep slope of a pine plantation, and fed her chicks extensively on pine needles. Up until that point, staff thought kākāpō would always prefer New Zealand’s mixed native vegetation, and not the monoculture offered by a commercial forestry species. Flossie’s nest was a reminder of the kākāpō’s ability to surprise their human minders in new and unexpected ways. She was later moved to Whenua Hou/Codfish Island in 2001, where she took part in the 2002 breeding season, producing another two chicks – Rakiura and Esperance – this time to Bill, and in 2005 mated with Ox and Bill who each fathered a chick – Yasmine and Pura. She produced Wiremu and Scratch in 2009 (father Waynebo) and Hakatere and Waa in 2011, fathered by Barnard. With eleven living chicks, Flossie has been the most productive female to date. She is also consistent and has laid three fertile eggs at each breeding event.