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BBC: Sirocco the flightless parrot and his human brother | New Zealand: Earth’s Mythical Islands


Kakapo Ranger Errol Nye gives a true insight into life with a fine feathered celebrity. A unique bond and special friendship has developed from an incredible conservation movement.

The first factor in the decline of the kakapo was the arrival of humans on New Zealand. In the 1880s, large numbers of mustelids (stoats, ferrets and weasels) were released in New Zealand to reduce rabbit numbers (also introduced by humans), but they also preyed heavily on many native species including the kakapo.