Kākā with rātā

Image: Sarah Stirrup | DOC

Introduction

Go Orange is supporting a range of kākā conservation and advocacy projects in Fiordland National Park.

Go Orange logo.

Go Orange is a multi-activity operator, based in Fiordland, offering cruises, kayaking and cycle tours in the iconic visitor destinations of Milford Sound/Piopiotahi, Doubtful Sound/Patea and Te Anau.

Go Orange prides itself on creating a unique experience for their clients, providing safe adventures with fun, personality and pride.

Relying on the natural environment for its activities, Go Orange is committed to promoting the environmental and ecological values of New Zealand to its national and international clients. 

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Partnership with DOC

When considering partnership options, Go Orange were keen to support a project which reflected their brand identity. With its cheeky personality and vibrant orange plumage, the South Island kākā was a natural fit.

Once common throughout New Zealand kākā are now largely limited to a few localised forest strongholds including Fiordland’s Eglinton valley, Kepler Mountains and Waitutu Forest.

Kākā need large areas of forest to survive. Habitat loss from forest clearance for agriculture and logging has had a devastating effect on the population, while predation by introduced predators such as stoats, rats and possums has further impacted the population.  

Go Orange has committed to supporting a range of kākā conservation and advocacy projects in Fiordland National Park. The first of these was the installation of two new kākā interpretation panels at Punanga Manu o Te Anau/Te Anau Bird Sanctuary.

The birds held in this Sanctuary are part of the Kākā Captive Breeding Programme. Young kākā raised here are released to establish new populations in areas where predators are well controlled.

Go Orange are also funding an additional trap line in the Eglinton valley to increase existing levels of stoat control in the area, and support valley-wide protection for South Island kākā. Increased stoat control is expected to positively impact on South Island kākā breeding success, as well as juvenile and adult survival. 

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