Staff at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre are celebrating the hatch of the 100th “O.N.E” chick. Pukaha is one of six facilities nationwide that hatch kiwi eggs as part of the Operation Nest Egg programme The Operation Nest Egg programme or “O.N.E” has been running nationally since 1994 and is a tool used to boost the survival of kiwi chicks.
Kiwi chicks have a less than 5% chance of survival in areas with little predator control and the O.N.E programme boost their chances of survival to 65% when they are released back in the wild at around 1.2kgs (big enough to defend themselves against a stoat).
Pukaha has monitored kiwi (transmitters are attached to the males that carry out the incubation) that we collect the eggs from our forest, artificially incubate eggs, crèche the kiwi chicks and release them back into the forest once they reach a suitable weight.
Todd Jenkinson, Conservation Manager, Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre