The wild population of the world’s rarest wading bird has been given a boost, with 51 black stilts being released.
Mount Gerald station in the Mackenzie basin is the new home of the kaki from today, adding to the 60 released into the Tasman valley earlier in the month.
Conservation Minister Maggie Barry said the Department of Conservation had focused on black stilt recovery, by controlling predators as well as hatching and rearing chicks in aviaries before releasing them into the wild.
The wild population has grown from 23 to 106. NZN