Kākāpō Recovery Team

The Kākāpō Recovery Team has ten staff, all employed by the Department of Conservation.

The Kākāpō Recovery team

The Kākāpō Recovery team

Four of the staff are rangers who maintain a continual presence on the kākāpō islands in a revolving roster.

The six other staff have specialist skills and shuttle between the islands and their office in Invercargill.

The Kākāpō Recovery Team is advised by the Kākāpō Recovery Group, which is a group of independent experts in the various fields of species conservation.

Here you can meet some of the team, and find out what they have to say about the work that they do:


Operations Manager: Deidre Vercoe

Scientific Advisor: Andrew Digby

Technical Advisor: Daryl Eason

Senior Ranger: Jodie Crane

Supervisor: Karen Andrew

Kākāpō Ranger – Site management and logistics: Theo Thompson

Kākāpō Field Rangers: Freya Moore, Jake Osborne, Sara Larcombe

Kākāpō Ranger – Advocacy and logistics: Bronwyn Jeynes

Kākāpō Advocacy assistance: Chrissy Wickes

Quarantine assistance: Rory Hannan



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