The story of Lisa1

Patricia Latas
April 30, 2014 share
Artists for Conservation




What an extrodinary story!


Kakapo chicks are initially named according to their mother, and the order in which the egg is laid. In that way, the age and probable father are know. In this case, Lisa1 was the product of Lisa, always the first of the season to run out and mate; And Blades, her usual first choice in a male.


Her first egg was the only one to be fertile, and all was well until right before it was due to hatch. The poor egg was crushed.


Intervention by attentive senior ranger and Team member Jo Ledington saved the egg. It was on 24-hour egg watch and was only lighted assisted into the world by "grandaddy Kakapo" Darryl Eason. What an amazing thing, to have such a damaged egg hatch almost normally, and to have the chick thrive!

Hatchling kakapo. Credit:KRT



Lisa1 aged 11 days. Credit: KRT



Lisa1 and newly hatched chick in the rearing hut Credit:KRT



Lisa1 and friend. Credit:KRT



Lisa1 after a feed.


What a wonderful, huge chick. He was 635 grams when I first met him, and nearly 1300 grams a week later. He is an important bird, having genetic diversity that is so important to the survival of the kakapo as a viable species. He is a miracle bird in the true sense of the word.

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Codfish Island, Southland, NZ
New Zealand
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