Aussie Scientist Gets Kiwis In A Flap
A claim made by an Australian scientist that New Zealand’s endangered kakapo parrot is “not worth saving” has ruffled the feathers of many New Zealand naturalists. New Zealand has spent a fortune trying to stop the kakapo, a flightless parrot, from going extinct, but it is notoriously slow to breed. In 1995 numbers of just 50 were recorded. At the same time the kakapo is known as the world’s oldest living bird species. The bird is now back up to 120 after extensive breeding programmes but its situation is still highly precarious. However according to Cory Bradshaw, director of ecological modelling at Adelaide University, the kakapo is likely to die out regardless so the money being spent on its survival is going to waste. New Zealand conservationists such as Peter Hayden, a producer of nature documentaries, have disagreed and have claimed that writing off species in such a manner is just “not an option”.