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Talkative Tekimoka

Tekimoka is the first ONE chick from Santa Rosa (dad) and Koromiko (mum) who live near Roa. Tekimoka’s hatch weight was 318 grams, which increased to 820 grams by their release into the crèche on 2 March 2021. Tekimoka is an extra-chatty roroa! Willowbank keepers noticed this even before Tekimoka hatched! Tekimoka and Kaimata, the two older chicks in the crèche, have lots of interesting interactions. Sometimes these interactions look aggressive on video, but the two also often snuggle up together in a shared burrow during the day.

Hatch Date: 12 December 2020
Sex: Unconfirmed
Species: Roroa – Great Spotted Kiwi

Laura and Beth

Monitoring our littlest roroa

Monitoring our littlest roroa. Bethany Brett and Laura Molles catching up to change some recorders, and for a health check on the littlest roroa at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. Bethany checks
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laura putting up a recorder for bioacoustic monitoring

Cryptic species and how they are monitored

Cryptic species and how they are monitored in New Zealand Laura was recently featured in Issue 4 of 1964 magazine in an article about cryptic species and how they are
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Kiwi Chick

New Kiwi Chick!

We’re so excited to be able to welcome this little roroa to Atarau Sanctuary. Born at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, they’ll be transferred to the creche when their weight and health allows them to take the next step towards living in the wild.
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