But­ter­fly Creek greets kiwi ar­rivals

The New Zealand Herald - - NEWS - Emma Clark

Two north­ern brown kiwi, Tapu and Ipo, have been wel­comed into their new state-of-the-art noc­tur­nal home at But­ter­fly Creek in Manukau.

Kiwi House man­ager Re­becca Moyle (pic­tured) said Kiwi For­est, an in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibit with a noc­tur­nal house as the main at­trac­tion, had been a year in the mak­ing and would cater to the pair’s ev­ery need.

“It in­cludes spe­cial light­ing, heat­ing and a won­der­ful night for­est en­vi­ron­ment for them to ex­hibit their nat­u­ral be­hav­iour.”

Fur­ther into the ex­hibit, vis­i­tors would find them­selves in a cave with glow worms and a gi­ant weta.

But­ter­fly Creek man­ag­ing di­rec­tor John Dowsett said the new ex­hibit was sig­nif­i­cant.

“Be­ing part of the con­ser­va­tion pro­gramme for the north­ern brown kiwi is ex­tremely sat­is­fy­ing. It also ties in nicely with the gi­ant weta cap­tive rear and re­lease pro­gramme which we es­tab­lished back in 2009.”

The Kiwi For­est will also in­clude five “gor­geous” Asian small-clawed ot­ters, due to ar­rive in Novem­ber. Watch the video at nzher­ald.co.nz

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