Maud Island – Te Pākeka

Maud Island, in the Marlborough Sounds, was an unlikely haven for the kākāpō.

The small 320ha island is a patchwork of pasture, native forest and exotic pines and has the feel of a working farm, rather than an open-air aviary.

Yet, kākāpō were first transferred to Maud Island in 1974, where it was a centre for Kākāpō Recovery right through until 2003.

Unfortunately, the island only ever hosted one successful breeding attempt – when Flossie raised three chicks to Richard Henry in 1998 – and so the decision was made to remove kākāpō from the island in favour of keeping them on larger, forested islands in southern New Zealand.

The island is a scientific reserve, and no unauthorised landing is permitted.

 

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