Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot

Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot


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On remote Codfish Island off the southern coast of New Zealand live the last ninety-one kakapo parrots on earth. These trusting, flightless, and beautiful birds—the largest and most unusual parrots on earth—have suffered devastating population loss.

Now, on an island refuge with the last of the species, New Zealand’s National Kakapo Recovery Team is working to restore the kakapo population. With the help of fourteen humans who share a single hut and a passion for saving these odd ground-dwelling birds, the kakapo are making a comeback in New Zealand.

Follow intrepid animal lovers Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop on a ten-day excursion to witness the exciting events in the life of the kakapo.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618494170
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 05/24/2010
Series: Scientists in the Field Series
Pages: 74
Sales rank: 1,243,954
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 950L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

Sy Montgomery is an author, naturalist, newspaper columnist, documentary scriptwriter, and radio commentator who writes award-winning books for children as well as adults.

Nic Bishop, who holds a doctorate in the biological sciences, is the photographer of many acclaimed books for children.


Hancock, New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

February 7, 1958

Place of Birth:

Frankfurt, Germany


Syracuse University: B.A., Newhouse School of Public Communications, 1979; B.A., College of Arts and Sciences, 1979

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"Under the careful supervision of forest rangers and volunteers on an island off the New Zealand coast, the nearly extinct, flightless Kakapo parrot is the object of an intensive rescue effort described by this experienced writer-photographer team...As always, the photographer's remarkable and clearly reproduced photographs support and enhance the text. The book's careful design is unobtrusive: The progress of an opening egg sets off page numbers, and fern patterns provide a subtle decoration. Bibliography and a website encourage readers' further explorations. Wonderful."— Kirkus, starred review

"Montgomery’s delight in her subject is contagious, and throughout her enthusiastic text, she nimbly blends scientific and historical facts with immediate, sensory descriptions of fieldwork. Young readers will be fascinated."—Booklist, starred review "Take a parrot. Color it green. Give it soft, fluffy feathers, and whiskers. Give it sumo proportions and take away its power of flight. Make it nocturnal, and have it nest underground. Aha! A kakapo!...Excellent photos and a readable, conversational text provide an intimate look at a concerted effort to save a drastically endangered species unfamiliar to most of the world outside Down Under. Readers who enjoyed this author/photographer team’s The Tarantula Scientist (2007) or Quest for the Tree Kangaroo (2006, both Houghton) will gobble up this tribute to ecological science in action." —School Library Journal, starred review

"More than most books about environmentalism or endangered species, this will encourage kids to consider how hands-on action can genuinely make a difference and how scientific contributions can be made by people who never go near a test tube."—The Bulletin, starred review

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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.