Three TradeMe auctions began on Wednesday, 17 February to name three of the four South Island Kaka chicks, bred at Bush Haven, which will soon go away to Orokonui Ecosanctuary and Abel Tasman Park [Project Janszoon].
One other male Kaka has already been named, Mack. He has a red band. The Kakas to be named are banded blue, green and yellow, blue being a male and the latter two, females. Photo of green follows. She is very mischievous and not easy to photograph. Other photos on the auction pages.
The successful bidders will each receive a 25 minute dvd showing the chicks’ progress from hatching to being moved into a separate aviary after fledging, plus footage of the parent birds, Hannah and Casey feeding. Also an 8 x 10″ coloured photo of ‘their’ chick.
All money raised by these auctions will go towards the care of the parent birds and other chicks. These birds are very important as in both sanctuaries they are helping increase the wild population of South Island Kaka. Nationally, it is believed there are only around 5,000 Kaka left in the country.
Links to these auctions are:
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=1035646849, 1035650623 or 1035655791.