Dynamic Youth – June 2015 – Biodiversity - Save Kiwi Month: Where to Spot Kiwi
If you are in the right place on a moonless night, you might be fortunate enough just after sunset or before dawn to hear a wild kiwi call. Nocturnal and elusive, the flightless kiwi is our national icon, yet many of us know precious little about the plucky little bird.
There are 70,000 kiwi, across five species, in the wild but we lose up to 27 each week mainly because of predators such as rats, stoats and weasels, possums, cats and dogs. A single roaming dog can destroy an entire regional kiwi population in just days.
This means if left to fend for themselves, kiwi - which just 100 years ago numbered in the millions - could become extinct in a couple generations.