Funding for the Kakapo

To: "Birding Aus" <>
Subject: Funding for the Kakapo
From: "Brent Stephenson" <>
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2003 09:20:57 +1300

Hi John, and others


I’m not sure that money was actually the problem – lack of birds and understanding the breeding system was….so I fail to see how taking away potential breeders from the population would benefit the cause……seems to be shooting one’s self in the foot to me??  $1000 a pop would I suspect barely even cover the cost of getting people to the island, let alone the expense of downtime and having to manage the ‘visitors’.  The resulting money I suspect would be peanuts compared to the budget they have been working with, how about $10,000!


I seem to remember similar threads in the past……and I’m not sure that ‘losers’ is a very correct term for people you have slogged their guts out to save a species.


Brent Stephenson

Eco-Vista: Photography & Research + Wrybill Tours, NZ



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L.Knight mentioned a truism, when he mentioned an island which almost no-one is allowed to visit.


 It strikes me that it would be possible to put a few Kakapo on another island where birders and other naturalists who are prepared to pay for the privilege (I'd gladly shell out $1000) could be taken to view the bird under controlled conditions.  This would be a quick way of raising a lot of money for the Kakapo program.


John Penhallurick
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