Media release: Kākāpō to reap fundraising benefits

August 28, 2015

Kākāpō Recovery’s coffers have been boosted by almost $70,000 following two successful fundraisers, initiated by supporters of the programme.

A two month-long international crowdfunding campaign, run by Australian couple James and Janet Luxton, has raised $32,700 for Kākāpō Recovery, with donations coming in from around the globe.

The couple also donated gifts to qualifying donors, including ringtones, calico bags and limited edition prints of a kākāpō artwork painted by Janet Luxton.

And earlier this month, Real Journey’s hosted a charity ball at Walter Peak, on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Proceeds from ticket sales and auctions on the night returned more than $36,000 for kākāpō.

Conservation Services manager kākāpō/takahē Deidre Vercoe said the generosity of others would make a significant difference to the recovery programme as the team began preparing for a bumper breeding season this summer.

“If the spring weather is kind to us, we could potentially have more than 25 chicks added to the current population of 125 kākāpō. Such a significant breeding event requires a lot of resources, so this funding boost is particularly timely.”

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