Habitat Tours are proud to be supporters of the Takahe Recovery Program and Tawharanui Open Sanctuary Society (TOSSI).
Thought extinct the takahē was rediscovered in a remote area of Fiordland in 1948. They were once found throughout New Zealand.
For more than 65 years attempts to save takahē have pioneered conservation techniques for protected species in New Zealand and in the world.
The Takahē Recovery Programme involves a network of people throughout New Zealand, working together to ensure the takahē is never again ‘considered extinct’.
Hyde hatched on the 31st October 2010; she represents the contribution that sanctuary sites around New Zealand make to the Takahe Recovery Programme. Through the success of these sites takahe are being produced more than ever and birds, like Hyde, can be released into the wild.
Hyde resides at the main takahe centre in southern New Zealand and is a breeding female, so far she has produced one female with her partner, she is in the prime of her breeding years so it is hoped that she will settle down with her partner and nest this coming season.
Tawharanui is a sanctuary site and currently has 14 takahe that are often seen on Habitat tours. So far two juveniles have been produced from Tawharanui; one, Tamure, is currently at tussock training school in preparation for being released into the wild.
In addition to being a sponsor for Hyde we also make a small contribution to TOSSI for each guest we take to Tawharanui.
If you would like to be part of our sponsorship program contact us to see how to become involved.
Special thanks to the Department of Conservation for the photo of Hyde and providing information on takahe.
Meet Hyde – the Sanctuary Rep who we are delighted to be a sponsor for.