Takahe release at Zealandia

Nio and Orbell are taking up residence at their new home at the Zealandia sanctuary in Wellington today.

The Takehe pair haven’t had to travel too far from their old home at the Mana Island Scientific Reserve up the coast, where they’ve successfully raised four chicks since 2013.

And while Orbell, at 17, is close to retirement age, Zealandia and the Department of Conservation have high hopes the two might breed again this year.

RNZ’s Lynn Freeman is at the Zealandia wetlands where the release of the takehe pair is underway.

Takahe release at Zealandia
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