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With only 550 birds in the wild, the nationally vulnerable rowi kiwi is the rarest kiwi species. Thanks to some hard working people and very clever technology, the tide is starting to turn and this population is on the increase. The West Coast Wildlife Centre in Franz Josef Glacier is partnered with the Department of Conservation to carry out the Operation Nest Egg program.

This program involves rescuing kiwi eggs from the wild, raising the chicks in captivity and on crèche islands, and then releasing them back into the wild when they are big enough to fend off stoats! The hatching season is already upon us, so we need help naming some of our kiwi chicks!

You can have the privilege of naming one of our rare kiwi chicks as well as the added bonus of 2 complementary ‘Backstage Pass kiwi tours’ to the West Coast Wildlife Centre where you can experience our Kiwi captive rearing facility first hand.

The West Coast Wildlife Centre is a public private partnership with the Department of Conservation and is the official home of Operation Nest Egg for the two rarest kiwi species; the Rowi and Haast tokoeka. Eggs or chicks are removed from nests by the Department of Conservation and taken to the West Coast Wildlife Centre’s captive rearing facility in Franz Josef to hatch and grow until they are big enough to be transferred to predator free islands. Once birds have reached approximately 1 kg in weight they are large enough to defend themselves against stoats and are released back into the wild.

The West Coast Wildlife Centre not only provides specialist husbandry care to help save the rowi and Haast tokoeka from extinction, but also offers visitors with an educational experience looking at the fight for kiwi survival. The experience also includes a chance to see Rowi in a natural, forest, walk-through setting, together with a guided tour through the incubation and rearing facility

The backstage tour is downstairs with no alternate way to access. Otherwise, all weather indoor attraction.



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Buyer must pick-up from Auckland City, AucklandFree

This seller is located in Auckland City, Auckland

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Questions & Answers (11)

  • How about Richie McClaw?kh260686(464)01:45 pm, Tue, 8 OctA strong suggestion, Will be a good name for a kiwi that gets in there and wins turn over wormskiwisforkiwi(74)• Tuesday, 8 October 2019
  • Rowi McRowiface?1gunny1(320)08:09 am, Wed, 9 OctRowi can swim a little but I wouldn't consider them a "Row(i) boat"kiwisforkiwi(74)• Wednesday, 9 October 2019
  • How about Sexy Grant?maddiemax500(9)02:23 pm, Wed, 9 OctOdd name for a kiwikiwisforkiwi(74)• Wednesday, 9 October 2019
  • Kiwi McKiwi Facewhitege1(89)08:42 am, Thu, 10 Oct
  • i think it should be a strong name like AUSTENbirrah(4729)09:23 am, Thu, 10 OctA 6 million dollar or Stone Cold Kiwi?kiwisforkiwi(74)• Thursday, 10 October 2019
  • Sorry not getting you??? $6 million dollar man was he named Austen and the other??birrah(4729)04:14 pm, Thu, 10 Oct
  • Eugenielillypop3(85)11:48 am, Sat, 12 Oct
  • KIWIANAskintightchip4(195)12:12 pm, Sat, 12 Oct
  • How about..tylar or corban or Tylar Corban the kiwi:)humblecalm99(0)12:48 pm, Sun, 13 Oct
  • I believe that this gorgeous beast of a Kiwi should be named "Marmite" as it is very representative of New Zealand and it's culture. It's also yummy.mikelikes2buy(0)11:02 am, Mon, 14 Oct
  • how about "get-out-of-my-nest" for a name? last year i saw a kiwi when i was hiking in the stewart island bush it was huge... best day of my life!!!michelle406(2208)12:46 pm, Mon, 14 Oct

Name Our Rarest Kiwi

Your chance to name a rowi for its stay at WCWC

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Closed: Mon 14th Oct, 1:00pm
Seller located in Auckland City, Auckland
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Auckland City
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Wednesday, 9 September 2009
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The success fee from this item will be rounded up to the nearest dollar and the difference donated to Kiwis for kiwi: Protecting kiwi and the places they live.

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