Nearly the entire population of kākāpō live in the wild on three offshore islands: Whenua Hou (Codfish Island), Anchor Island and Hauturu o Toi (Little Barrier Island).
For our four staff that live on these islands, daily life revolves around making sure the birds are safe, healthy and well-fed.
You may be surprised to know that we only see and handle our kākāpō about once or twice a year! They are solitary and reclusive birds, and we let them get on with their lives in as natural a way as possible.
Instead, our work involves lots of radio telemetry tracking, heaps of walking around the islands, and plenty of patience.
Regular Health Checks
Artificial Incubation and Hand-raising