Adored by a country and loved for its quirkiness the world over, the Kakapo parrot is part of a huge conservation project to save it from extinction. Now one man from Norwich is playing an integral part in its recovery over 11,000 miles away in New Zealand.
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is warning people who may be seeking to purchase pets as gifts for the Christmas season to be careful not to buy protected species.
The native parrots' intelligence is being put to the test by Victoria University PhD student Julia Loepelt.
Since January, the 28-year-old biologist from Germany has been giving the kaka a series of tasks to challenge them, with a tasty reward at the end.
"The tasks differ in what sort of cognitive abilities are needed to solve it, whether they have to memorise something or have to solve a novel problem," she said.
"You look at whether they are able to solve it, or how fast they solve it, or if they get faster."
The Abbotti cockatoo (C. sulphurea abbotti) is one of the rarest parrots in the world and is currently on the threshold of extinction with only twenty birds left on Masakambing island in the remote Java Sea, Indonesia. To support and help create awareness of these beautiful birds, renowned wildlife artist Andrew Denman has created a one-of-a-kind pencil drawing which will be put up for auction. 100% of the proceeds will be used to protect and conserve this small population.