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New hihi colony established at Rotokare in Taranaki


One of New Zealand’s rarest bush birds, the hihi or stitchbird, has returned to Taranaki after 130 years.

Forty hihi were released into the bush at Rotokare Scenic Reserve near Eltham on Sunday, sanctuary manager Simon Collins said.

The birds, 20 males and 20 females, were translocated from Tiritiri Matangi in the Hauraki Gulf.

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Written by Dr John Ewen

I have been interested and working with hihi since I was involved with establishing the Tiritiri Matangi island population through translocation in 1995. I am now employed as a Research Fellow at the Zoological Society of London and have been here since 2004. My research is multi-disciplinary and focusses on small population biology and management. I use decision science to assist in planning hihi management and drive our applied research with this species and have experience in molecular and behavioural ecology, wildlife health and nutrition and reintroduction biology.


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