Yellow crowned kakariki flown to freedom in Abel Tasman National Park


One of the 12 yellow crowned kakariki that were bred at the reserve and transported to Abel Tasman National Park.

Twelve yellow crowned kakariki have tasted freedom for the first time after being bred in captivity.

The birds, which were bred at the Tui Nature Reserve Wildlife Trust in the outer Pelorus Sound, were flown by helicopter on Friday to Project Janszoon in the Abel Tasman National Park.

The release of the native parakeets is part of a breeding partnership between the trust and Project Janszoon, which aims to bring back more native fauna and flora to the park.

The trust is working together with Lochmara Lodge in Queen Charlotte Sound, EcoWorld Aquarium in Picton and Nelson’s Natureland in a breeding project guided by Rosemary Vander Lee from Project Janszoon, and the Department of Conservation.

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