Western Springs, Auckland
Phone: +64 9 360 3805
Takahē that lives here
Bligh and Whito were transferred to Auckland Zoo from Punanga Manu O Te Anau, the Te Anau Bird Sanctuary in July 2019. After spending a month in a quarantine pen, they were released into the High-Country enclosure at the Zoo and have settled in well, sharing the exhibit with Whio. They have settled in well and are some of the more relaxed takahē Zoo staff have encountered.
They enjoy exploring the enclosure which has tussock habitat and a creek running through it. It’s been a few years since takahē have been on display at the Zoo, so the birds are a welcome addition and do a very important job of increasing the public’s awareness of takahē and their endangered status.
Bligh and Whito have not produced any chicks so while there is a high likelihood that this will continue, other birds have bred successfully after being moved to a new site.