Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot
- Brief Synopsis:
- On remote Codfish Island off the southern coast of New Zealand live the last ninety-one kakapo parrots on earth.
- Long Synopsis:
On remote Codfish Island off the southern coast of New Zealand live the last ninety-one kakapo parrots on earth. These trusting, flightless, and beautiful birds--the largest and most unusual parrots on earth--have suffered devastating population loss. As their habitat became invaded by predators introduced by humans, the kakapo population on mainland New Zealand decreased from uncounted millions in the mid-nineteenth century to near extinction by 1950.
Now, isolated on an island refuge with the last of the species, New Zealand's National Kakapo Recovery Team is working to restore the kakapo population and protect it from exposure to anything that might threaten its fragile balance. No humans can visit the habitat on Codfish without first disinfecting all of their belongings and then flying across stormy seas to land on a tiny beach. On the island, there is plenty of hard work for everyone and every bird: special food to prepare and deliver, radio-wave tracking devices to install, live video to monitor, and, of course, precious baby kakapo to hatch and feed. With the help of fourteen humans who share a single hut and a passion for saving these odd ground dwelling birds, the kakapo are making a comeback in New Zealand.
Follow intrepid animal lovers Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop on a ten-day excursion to witness the exciting events in the life of the kakapo. By turns emotional, fascinating, dangerous, and hilarious, Montgomery and Bishop's sensitive and scientific chronicle explores all there is to know about these "winged weirdos."
Winner of the Sibert Medal
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- Book Size:
- 76 Pages
- Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
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- Copyrighted By:
- Sy Montgomery
- Adult content:
- Animals, Children's Books, Nonfiction, Outdoors and Nature
- Submitted By:
- Jamie Yates
- Proofread By:
- Mayra Rivera
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