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Whanganui’s Bushy Park Tarapuruhi sanctuary has good hihi breeding season

The number of female hihi at Whanganui’s Bushy Park Tarapuruhi sanctuary has doubled after a better breeding season.

Hihi, or stitchbirds, were once common but are now one of New Zealand’s most endangered birds.

Read the full story from the New Zealand Herald here

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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