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A Kiwi named Armourguard

Wed, January 16, 2019

Meet ‘Armourguard’, our youngest and cutest team member.

At only five days old when this photo was taken, the West Coast Wildlife Centre named the chick as a token of appreciation for our sponsorship support.

The wildlife centre, at Franz Josef, has an ‘Operation Nest Egg’ partnership with the Department of Conservation (DOC) for the two most endangered kiwi species; the Haast tokoeka and the rowi

Operation Nest Egg’s purpose is to grow kiwi to 1 kg in weight, which is the size that they can defend themselves against their number one predator – the stoat.  Getting to this body weight takes between six and eight months. 

Kiwi eggs are brought to the wildlife centre by DOC, whose rangers monitor the birds in the wild and collect newly-laid eggs.  The centre then incubates the eggs, hatches the chicks and rears them indoors to four weeks of age.