Free talk on the endangered Kakapo parrotby Carolyn Classen on Jun. 14, 2011, under Education, Life
Free talk about the endangered Kakapo parrot of New Zealand (only found there) on
Thursday June 16, at 7 p.m.
at Pan Asian Community Center
940 S. Craycroft Rd. (north of E. 22nd St.)
According to Wikipedia, the Kakapo is the world’s only flightless parrot and the origin of the name is from the Māori language (kākāpō, meaning night parrot).
Dr. Patricia Latas has just returned from an amazing adventure and trip of a lifetime. She was a volunteer for the New Zealand Department of Conservation’s Kakapo Recovery Programme, in which she served as a “nest-minder”.
The Kakapo is the highly endangered giant night parrot of New Zealand, until this latest breeding season, down to 120 birds. This year was expected to produce no chicks at all due to natural food-source fruiting cycles, but miraculously there were 11 chicks hatched! Boosting the total world population of kakapo to 131. This is due to remarkable efforts of both the kakapo rangers and dedicated volunteers, who work around the clock nurturing the vulnerable chicks.
The kakapo is one of the rarest parrots in the world:
• It’s flightless
• It’s the world’s heaviest parrot
• It’s possibly the oldest living bird and
• It has a subsonic mating boom that can travel several kilometres.
Dr. Latas sat for two weeks watching Flossie, a mature, wild-caught adult kakapo incubate, hatch and care for one of her chicks.
For more info on the kakapo parrot, contact Veterinarian Dr. Pat Latas at email@example.com, or see her website at www.azbirdclinic.com.
One of my nieces, her partner, and their two children live in New Zealand, which is a fascinating country, also home of another flightless bird, the Kiwi.