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Collections / 100 of the World’s Rarest Wading Bird Released into the Wild

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New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC) released 104 juvenile kakī, or black stilts, into the wild in the South Island’s Mackenzie Basin Aug. 5 to 8 as part of its ongoing Kakī Recovery Programme. The kakī is the world’s rarest wading bird.

The birds were freed into the Godley Valley in three separate releases attended by classes from Twizel Area, Arowhenua and Tekapo schools.

Some of the birds were the first to be reared in a new kakī brooding facility near Twizel funded primarily by international conservation organisation Global Wildlife Conservation through the generous support of the Sheth Sangreal Foundation, along with DOC, Meridian Energy and Genesis Energy. The Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust raised 24 of the birds in its breeding facilities near Christchurch.

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