Re­ha­bil­i­tated ruru re­lease into re­serve

Rotorua Review - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - SUP­PLIED

Ro­torua Canopy Tours and Wing­span Na­tional Bird of Prey Cen­tre joined forces to re­lease a re­ha­bil­i­tated ruru (more­pork) into the Dansey Road Scenic Re­serve.

Re­leas­ing a pro­tected, na­tive bird back into its orig­i­nal habi­tat is a spe­cial oc­ca­sion, no mat­ter where you are in the world, said Canopy Tours sales and mar­ket­ing man­ager Nicki Dent.

For the Canopy Tours team, along­side the crew from Wing­span, this be­came re­al­ity on Septem­ber 28, 2017.

The ruru was a Ro­torua com­mu­nity res­cued bird. Found in the Ma­maku area by lo­cals, it was res­cued in a con­cussed, un­der­weight state and de­liv­ered to Wing­span for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

A month later, with signs of im­prove­ment and gain­ing weight to reach 200 grams, it was well on its way to re­cov­ery and in need of a new home. With this in mind, Wing­span looked to Canopy Tours for sup­port.

Dent said the team were de­lighted to be a part of the re­hom­ing process; hav­ing al­ready pri­vately re­leased an­other exWingspan re­con­di­tioned ruru around this time last year into their for­est.

The op­por­tu­nity was the per­fect tes­ti­mony to their ded­i­ca­tion, said Dent, in re­mov­ing pests from the Dansey Road Scenic Re­serve. With con­fi­dence that at least 220 hectares are now un­der com­plete trap­ping con­trol and with preda­tor lev­els sit­ting be­low five per cent; both Wing­span and Canopy Tours are con­vinced they could not have found a safer haven.

Wing­span Na­tional Bird of Prey Cen­tre di­rec­tor, Deb­bie Ste­wart, said her team were thrilled with the com­bined com­mu­nity ef­fort to help this bird re­turn to full health and be re­homed lo­cally.

‘‘I’m con­fi­dent that the ruru has been re­turned back to ter­ri­tory that is sup­ported by pest con- trol, and have faith that Canopy Tours con­ser­va­tion ef­forts have cre­ated a se­cure en­vi­ron­ment,’’ she said.

Ro­torua Canopy Tours gen­eral man­ager, Paul But­ton, said it was an in­cred­i­ble priv­i­lege to be part of the re­lease, we are very lucky to work with an or­gan­i­sa­tion like Wing­span.

‘‘One fam­ily was lucky enough to join us for the re­lease at the end of their tour. It would be great to share mo­ments like that with more of our guests in the fu­ture.’’

Canopy Tours will con­tinue their ex­ten­sive con­ser­va­tion man­age­ment in the area.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.