The Critically Endangered Kakī is benefitting from a new brooder room and aviary as part of a successful conservation breeding program. (Photo by Liz Brown/New Zealand Department of Conservation The World’s Rarest Wading Bird Upgrades Its New Zealand Digs The Black Stilt (Kakī) is the backcountry adventurer of the wading bird world. After all of its friends have left New Zealand’s Southern Alps for the winter, the Kakī shelters in place, toughing out temperatures as low as minus 20 Celsius. It’s the only non-migratory wading bird that breeds in this high country region. With just 129 Kakī left in the wild, they’re the world’s rarest wading bird. (Photo by Liz Brown/New Zealand Department of Conservation While the Kakī’s survivalist skills have protected it from extreme weather, predators such as non-native introduced stoats, ferrets and feral cats are another story. With just 129 Kakī left in the wild, they’ve become the world’s rarest wading bird. This proud bird needs some protection, and thanks to newly expanded housing at the Department of Conservation’s captive Kakī breeding program, they’re getting more support than ever. Captive breeding saves Kakī from the brink In late 2019, the DOC opened a new brooder room for […]

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