Flying on... Brown Teal head down south
Zoo News - Posted 24 February 2014
Eleven brown teal bred by Hamilton Zoo left for Christchurch's Peacock Springs last week where they will join other captive bred brown teal.
Down the track they will be released into the wild as part of a nationwide conservation programme. The native species also known as pateke seldom fly and are endangered due to introduced predators and habitat loss across the country.
The 11 birds which left Hamilton Zoo last week are all juveniles aged about two months, and a mix of males and females. Hamilton Zoo now has three breeding pairs, and zoo staff expect 45 juvenile birds will be transferred for release this year.