South Island robin
Photo: Herb Christophers | DOC

Introduction

Monitoring and translocation projects are conducted each year for endangered species in Fiordland.

Monitoring of endangered species

Several monitoring projects are conducted each year for endangered species in Fiordland.

The long-tailed bat population in the Iris Burn Valley is monitored to ascertain the size and trend of the population during November and December.

The short-tailed bat population in the Eglinton Valley is monitored during January to gain an understanding of their survival from year to year.

The Te Kakahu or Chalky Island skink population on Chalky Island is monitored every three years. A translocation is needed for this critically endangered population to enable its survival.

The Fiordland tokoeka population in the Clinton Valley is monitored every 5 years.

Translocation of endangered species

Translocation of endangered species is one of many tools used in species recovery. Several translocations were undertaken in Fiordland in 2015/16.

Little spotted kiwi were translocated from Kapiti Island to Anchor Island.

Robins and mohua were translocated from Anchor Island and Chalky Island to Coal Island.

Mohua were translocated from Anchor Island to the Eglinton Valley.

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