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The charming kakapo, found only in New Zealand, is a large, flightless parrot with many unique characteristics, such as its nocturnal nature and its slow reproductive rate. The kakapo is also critically endangered, with its current adult population at fewer than 150 birds, but scientists working towards the species recovery are hopeful that 2019 will be a record breeding year. Those interested in keeping up with the latest news about these charismatic birds should check out Kakapo Files, a podcast from Radio New Zealand. Launched in December 2018, this podcast documents the kakapos 2019 breeding season, which, thus far, has featured high points like 42 of this years chicks graduating to become juveniles as well as low points like the outbreak of a respiratory fungal infection that has claimed the lives of several birds. Kakapo Files is hosted and produced by natural history writer and zoologist Alison Ballance, and it frequently features guest appearances by conservationists who work directly with the kakapo. Those interested may stream and download episodes of Kakapo Files at the link above, where they will also find many photographs. Listeners are able to subscribe via podcast platforms such as Spotify, Stitcher, and RadioPublic.
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2019-08-16
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