Only about 68,000 kiwi are left in New Zealand – and the number is dropping at an alarming two percent per year.
There were millions a century ago, but attacks by dogs, cats and other animals have led to the hefty decline.
The kiwi has been absent from the New Zealand capital, Wellington for over 100 years. This could change soon enough.
Predator-trapping by the city’s council, in line with the country’s predator-free 2050 goal, is giving conservationists confidence that the population of the flightless bird will eventually increase.
“I would love to be woken by the sound of kiwi,” said Wellington mayor Justin Lester.
Kiwis for Kiwi conservation group representative Michelle Impey added: “One of the challenges of kiwi conservation is getting people to understand and care about something they can’t see and don’t experience.
“Bringing kiwi closer to where Kiwis live makes them top of mind, completely relevant.”