Kiwi Conservation Programme

Kiwi Conservation Programme

Rotorua’s Rainbow Springs has now hatched more than 1,600 eggs at the Kiwi Encounter facility.

Objective

Kiwi birds are a national icon, equally cherished by all New Zealanders. They are seen as a symbol for the uniqueness of New Zealand wildlife. According to the Department of Conservation, there are 68,000 kiwi birds in all of New Zealand and approximately 2% of unmanaged Kiwi are lost every year. Kiwi are nocturnal, which means that they come out of their burrows at night to look for insects, grubs, earthworms, fallen fruit and native plants. Stoats, ferrets and weasels are the biggest threat to the survival of Kiwi, closely followed by cats and dogs. Only 5% of all Kiwis hatched in the wild survive to adulthood.

Impact

Rotorua’s Rainbow Springs has now hatched more than 1,600 eggs at the Kiwi Encounter facility.

TreadRight’s support has funded the purchase of a new incubator and weighing scales at Rainbow Springs for the benefit of future incubated Kiwi birds.

In 2017, TreadRight partners AAT Kings supported an egg at Rainbow Springs from incubation to hatching and release helping promote the conservation programme at Kiwi Springs. A number of AAT Kings New Zealand holidays visit Rainbow Springs giving guests an insight in to the conservation efforts.