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.”