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An update on the conservation management of the critically endangered kākāpō

Jodie Crane1, Kākāpō Recovery Team1

1 Kākāpō Recovery Programme, Department of Conservation, Invercargill, NZ.

The critically endangered kākāpō declined to just 51 individuals by 1995, prompting the formation of the Kākāpō Recovery Programme. Since then, intensive and innovative conservation efforts have increased the population to 201 adult individuals in early 2022. This talk will give an overview of the conservation methods currently being applied, the outcome and challenges of the 2022 breeding season, and the future of the programme.