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Pirongia Lineage Kokako returned to our maunga

Kokako DNA came full circle on Saturday when 14 birds with genes originating from the last kokako from the Pirongia area were released on the maunga. A conservation group for Mt Pirongia, Pirongia Te Aroaro o Kahu Restoration Society, has led the restoring of kokako to Mt Pirongia by creating a safe environment for this lost species through community based pest control currently covering 1,000 ha in Pirongia Forest Park. Successfully reducing rats and possums to consistently low levels made the group eligible to bring back the descendants of kokako which were captured in the 1990s from the southern slopes of Mt Pirongia and transferred to a captive breeding programme in an effort to stop the

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