The kākāpō is the world’s largest parrot and is only found within conservation efforts and on Codfish Island. Codfish Island is a predator free sanctuary that lies to the west of Stewart Island. These magnificent birds sport a bright green plumage and possess almost clownlike feet. Whilst they are no longer found on the mainland, there are hopes to reintroduce them eventually and population numbers are now above two hundred for the first time in decades. 

Read more on the kākāpō here.

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