Rowi Project Blog
For the past five weeks all the children in Room 2 from ages 7 to 13 at Franz Josef Glacier School have been lucky enough to experience being a Junior Kiwi Ranger at the West Coast Wildlife Centre.
We all got to work with both rowi and Haast tokoeka kiwi chicks from the time they were incubating in their eggs to them hatching and being really, really cute!!
We had to be at the Wildlife Centre at 8 am. Bridget, Fiona and Kim took us down to the Kiwi brooding area and we helped to prepare the kiwis’ food. It was a delicious assortment of ox heart, cat biscuits, veges and fruit…..YUM!
We placed the food in all of the kiwis’ dishes in the nocturnal house and spread meal worms around the enclosure for them to find during the day.
After that we went and saw all the kiwi eggs and newly hatched chicks. We cleaned out their water bowls, checked their food, turned the soil over and weighed each kiwi chick.
Faith and Carlos had to hand-feed Don, a Haast tokoeka chick, because he didn’t know how to eat properly, and he had an infection in his eye, that the Kiwi rangers were monitoring.
Stasi and Pheonix watched Kohunga being micro-chipped, so that he could be identified when he was released into the wild.
After the All Blacks won the Rugby World Cup, Ryan and Ella met WebbEllis, and watched the Kiwi Rangers put cream on his belly button.
This is our last week working with the Kiwi Rangers this year and we would like to thank them for letting us come and experience how important their jobs are to help saving our very special national bird! Also it was awesome that we didn’t get back to school until after 10 o’clock, which meant we did not have to do maths!!
This week we also heard that our name was chosen for the newly hatched Haast tokoeka chick, we are very proud to name him TUMEKE, which means awesome in Maori!!
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Kiwi are ratites, one of a group of largely flightless birds. DNA research suggests kiwi are linked to the Australian emu and cassowary, not the moa as previously thought. Kiwi are found only in New Zealand.