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Prehistoric Bird Believed to Be Extinct Returns to the Wild

Eighteen Takahē birds have been recently released in New Zealand's Lake Whakatipu Waimāori Valley, marking a significant milestone in conservation efforts. These flightless birds, unique to New Zealand, were once considered extinct and have not been seen in these areas for nearly a century. The Takahē population is now around 500 and growing by approximately 8% each year. Conservationists initially collected and incubated eggs to protect them from predators and later shifted to breeding the birds in controlled environments. Traps and pest removal efforts have been implemented to ensure their survival. Future plans include the release of additional birds in the coming months.

Photo Credit: Eutah Mizushima

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