Animal of the Day!
Kakapo (Strigops habroptilus)
(Photo by Jidan Chaomian)
Conservation Status- Critically Endangered
Habitat- New Zealand
Size (Weight/Length)- 4 kg; 64 cm
Diet- Leaves; Twigs; Fruit; Seeds; Roots; Buds
Cool Facts- The story of the kakapo is a sad one. They are the largest species of parrot, native to only New Zealand, and are unable to fly. They are amazing climbers and use their wings to drop from tall trees, acting as a parachute. Since the first humans arrived to New Zealand, the kakapo population has been declining. Invasive animals were introduced to the island, including dogs, rats, cats, and ferrets. Conservation for these birds began in 1890, one of the earliest attempts of conservationists saving a species, but conservation really picked up in 1995. All kakapos were removed from mainland New Zealand and moved to a group of smaller islands off the coast that had all predators removed. As of today, 201 kakapos are alive in the wild.
Rating- 13/10 (Can’t fly but it’s still the best bird.)
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