Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot

Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot

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Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The kakapo (pronounced KAR-ka-poe) is an endangered flightless bird that lives in New Zealand. Due to human interference in the species's habitat, less than one hundred of these large, sweet-smelling parrots are left today. Kakapo Rescue details the efforts of scientists and volunteers trying to save this unique species. With vibrant photos of the lush New Zealand forests and a readable, accessible writing style, this book offers a look at one of the world's rarest birds. Highly recommended.
newanddifferent on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well-written account of a strange bird and the quirky people who are determined to save it.
amandacb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A truly fascinating encounter with one of the rarest animals on Earth, Kakapo Rescue takes the younger and older reader along on a textually and photographically stunning journey to a remote island off the New Zealand coast. On Codfish Island, a kakapo sanctuary has been erected to save the extremely endangered animals, of which eighty-seven exist; they only breed at certain times, and even then, their eggs and offspring are incredibly fragile. Montgomery and Bishop capture the volunteers¿ highs and lows as they monitor the eggs and hatched babies; one story in particular, about a young chick who suddenly and mysteriously dies, pulls on the heartstrings.Bishop makes sure to include photographs that show New Zealand¿s splendor aside from kakapo parrots and Codfish Island, and Montgomery does an excellent job of providing background information about the events that led to the kakapo decimation. This book is an extraordinarily fascinating look at a fascinating and rare animal that one cannot help but want to save.
elpowers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautiful book- very interesting story- adorable birds, and good pictures of a unique environment.
prkcs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
On remote Codfish Island off the southern coast of New Zealand live the last 91 kakapo parrots on earth. Originally this bird numbered in the millions before humans brought predators to the islands. Now on the isolated island refuge, a team of scientists is trying to restore the kakapo population.
KarenBall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Imagine a green parrot... the size of a house cat! Make it smell like honey, give it lots of curiousity, and listen to it growl, croak and make a chinking noise like a cash register for up to 70 years. This is the Kakapo parrot of New Zealand, which is on the brink of extinction. Flightless, nesting underground, social and odd, this native New Zealand bird species lost everything when civilization arrived. Men brought germs and rodents on ships, and then brought cats and dogs to hunt the rats. All of those animals (and a few more) decided the kakapo parrots were much easier prey! The National Kakapo Recovery team rescued the last remaining birds, and isolated them on a remote island scientific preserve devoted to restoring the bird population to a sustainable level. There are only 91 birds alive. This is the story of the special process required to go to Codfish Island, and how the scientists and volunteers there are tracking the birds and learning about their habits and needs. Nic Bishop's photographs are incredible, whether he's showing readers the landscapes and beaches of the island or details of the tiniest chicks hatching from eggs. Highly recommended! Strong 6th grade readers and up.
Michelle_Bales on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The challenges faced by conservationists of a cute but defenseless species are described in depth in this interesting book. The photographs clearly show the emotion of the scientists and volunteers as they experience the joy of holding a hatchling, the fatigue of staying up all night to monitor this nocturnal species, and the sadness and concern when one is lost. The history of the species' range is clearly delineated through color-coded maps. The plight of this flightless bird and those who dedicate their lives to try to save it from extinction is palpable through Montgomery's writing.