Laura (tavella) wrote,

a spot of good news

Up until this year, there were only 62 kakapo, the night parrots of New Zealand, in all the world, and none had been born for three years. Great care had been taken to secure safe habitat for the remaining handful, entire islands having been rendered cat and rat free to give them places to live. But all these efforts had only managed to maintain the numbers -- some chicks had been born, but only enough to replace those who died.

I've had a soft spot for the kakapo ever since reading Douglas Adam's Last Chance to See, his sad, beautiful and angry poem to the dying species of the earth and those who try to save them.

So it is a considerable joy to report that this year, 23 kakapo chicks have been born, and there are still eggs being laid.
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