$5000 reward for bird sighting
Despite being nearly extinct, a New Zealand charity is offering a reward of 5000 NZ dollars for the sighting of a South Island kokako bird.
While it is likely to be extinct, a New Zealand charity is offering a reward of 5000 NZ dollars for the sighting of a South Island kokako bird.
There is no existing picture of the bird, but the South Island Kokako Charitable Trust have released a digitally altered picture of what it looks like.
It was initially thought to be extinct but following credible sources in 2013 saying they have seen it, the bird was deemed ‘data deficient’, meaning that it is not confirmed.
“If South Island kokako still exist, there will be very few left. We need to locate them very soon so that conservation has a higher prospect of success,” said trust chairman Euan Kennedy.
The last confirmed sighting was in Mount Aspiring National Park back in 1967.