Sirocco’s a conservation star at zoo
Auckland Zoo is set to host a very special guest during Conservation Week next week.
Sirocco – hand-raised as a single kakapo chick – will leave his home on Codfish Island to visit the big city.
Auckland Zoo senior vet Dr Richard Jakob-Hoff says this could be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the world’s rarest parrot.
“It will be the sort of thing you’ll tell your grandkids about,” he says.
The 124 kakapo living on Codfish Island are the only ones left and the Department of Conservation works hard to boost numbers.
But he says the species could still easily become extinct if disease infected the population.
Twelve-year-old Sirocco had to be hand-reared because of a lung infection and Dr Jakobsays that means he’s relaxed around people. “He thinks he is a person.” DOC spokeswoman Nicola Vallance says the young bird is something of a conservation superstar.
“His love of people has seen him become an important advocate for his species, and has enabled DOC to help tell the story of one of New Zealand’s greatest conservation challenges.”
Sirocco will be appearing in a custom-built viewing area at the zoo from 6pm to 9pm from September 14 to 23.
The Auckland City Harbour News has one family pass to the zoo’s kakapo evenings to give away. To go into the draw send your name, address and daytime phone number on the back of an envelope to Kakapo Competition, Private Bag 56910, Dominion Rd, Mt Eden, Auckland 1446. Or email your entry to edcl@snl. co.nz with Kakapo Competition in the subject heading.
Entries must be received by noon on September 16.
Once in a lifetime: Sirocco the kakapo will be appearing at Auckland Zoo to celebrate Conservation Week.