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Kakapo on the EDGE: the fight to save the world’s weirdest parrot

Before human settlement, the forests of New Zealand were full of Kakapos, meaning ‘night parrot’ in the Maori language. These bizarre birds are unlike any other parrot species in the world – they are flightless, solitary and nocturnal. They are also incredibly heavy for a parrot, weighing up to 4kg. They are the longest living […]

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Species of the Week: New Zealand Greater Short-Tailed Bat

  The New Zealand greater short-tailed bat (Mystacina robusta) has been described as ‘the bat family’s attempt to produce a mouse’, due to their unique ability to scramble over the ground as well as fly. This bat is one of only two species in the family Mystacinidae, part of the Noctilionoidea ‘superfamily’. Until recently, its […]

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