Monthly Archives: December 2015

KIWI!

The Kiwi is the national icon of New Zealand and unofficial national emblem. But why do they call the New Zealand people kiwis?? Well, the New Zealanders have been called ‘Kiwis’ since the nickname was bestowed by Australian soldiers in the First World War. Mystery solved!

But what is a kiwi??kiwi rfs

The Kiwi is a unique and curious bird. It cannot fly, has loose, hair-like feathers, strong legs and no tail. And is cute! Really cute!

I will give you some facts about this amazing animal!

Kiwi are related to a group of birds called ratites. The closest relatives to kiwi today are emus and cassowaries in Australia.

There are five species of kiwi. All are endangered.

  • Brown Kiwi
  • Rowi
  • Tokoeka
  • Great spotted Kiwi/Roroa
  • Little spotted Kiwi

There are about 70.000 kiwi left in all of New Zealand. And New Zealand is losing 2% of the kiwi every year.. This equates to 27 kiwis per week.

Kiwi are the only bird to have nostrils at the end of their very long bill. Their nostrils are used to probe in the ground, sniffing out invertebrates to eat, along with some fallen fruit.

They also have one of the largest egg-to-body weight ratios of any bird. The Egg averages 15% of the female’s body weight.

Females are larger than males. Up to 3.3 kg and 45cm). Kiwi are long-lived, and depending on the species live for between 25 and 50 years.

Adult kiwi usually mate for life, and are strongly territorial. Depending on the species, the male kiwi does most of the egg incubation, which is usually one clutch of one egg per year from June to December.

Threat status

All kiwi species are threatened with extinction, but to varying degrees. The Rowi and the Haast tokoeka are the most threatened kiwi. Due to their small population size and limited number of populations.

The brown kiwi, great spotted kiwi, and the Fiordland and Rakiura forms of tokoeka are nationally vulnerable, the third highest threat ranking in the New Zealand threat classification system; and the little spotted is classified as “at risk (recovering)”.

I WANT TO SEE A KIWI

Well, because of the threat state, it is really hard to see a kiwi in wild (if you see one in wild, I owe you a drink, or two). But luckily there are more ways to say a kiwi in real life!

Where can you definitely see them?

Opportunities to see captive kiwi

North Island, New Zealand

Kiwi North, Whangarei Auckland Zoo, Auckland Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs, Rotorua Te Puia, the New Zealand Maori Arts and Craft Institute, Rotorua Kiwi House and Native Bird Park, Otorohanga The National Aquarium of New Zealand, Napier Nga Manu Trust, Waikanae Pukaha, Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, Wairarapa Wellington Zoo, Wellington

South Island, New Zealand

Orana Wildlife Park, Christchurch Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, Christchurch Kiwi Birdlife Park, Queenstown National Kiwi Centre, Hokitika Westcoast Wildlife Centre, Franz Josef

Here is some help to see a wild kiwi 🙂 220px-NZ-kiwimap_5_species.png

Opportunities to see wild kiwi:

North Island, New Zealand

Trounson Kauri Park, Waipoua Forest, Northland Aroha Island Ecological Centre, Kerikeri Kiwi Wildlife Tours, Warkworth Zealandia: The Karori Sanctuary Experience, Wellington Kapiti Island Alive, Kapiti Island Whangarei Kiwi Sanctuary, Whangarei – Contact DOC Northland District Office on 09 470 3304 Habitat Tours, Tawharanui – Freephone: 0800 422 868 (0800 HABTOUR) Russell Nature Walks, Russell, 027 908 2334

South Island, New Zealand

Okarito Kiwi Tours, Franz Josef Kiwi Wilderness Walks, Tuatapere Nature Quest New Zealand Birding & Nature tours, Dunedin Orokonui Ecosanctuary, Dunedin Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, Stewart Island/Rakiura Bravo Adventure Cruises, Stewart Island

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INTERNeX New Zealand: What is on in December?

Hey guyss!

We made a new event calender for December! Check it out and go do some awesome things while you’re staying here in New Zealand!!

Events December