It is a large green bird that lives in the forests of New Zealand.
It is endangered, and yet 55 birds have been born this year.
Could the kakapo be reborn?
This is what the scientists of the "kakapo recovery program", which pushes for the development of the species, hope for.
“There were just 86 kakapos when I started working in 2002. That number was scary.
Having had 55 chicks born this season is a real positive step”, explains Deidre Vercoe, operational manager at the “Kakapo recovery program”.
There are now no less than 255 individuals in the world.
This is the highest level since the 1970s.
A feat made possible by the efforts of the New Zealand conservation department.
The main problem with this species is that it reproduces only 2 to 3 times a year, with a very low fertility rate (less than 50%).
So scientists resort to artificial insemination to accelerate the development of the species.
The peculiarity of the kakapo is that it cannot fly.
It is a ground bird.
It has wings, but they are too small for it to fly.
It is also one of the heaviest parrots, since it can reach 60 cm for 4 kg.