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New Kea sign at Viaduct lookout
23/09/2018

New Kea signs at busy tourist lookouts

The Arthur's Pass Wildlife Trust has erected two new signs at the Viaduct and Rock Shelter lookouts. These were donated by Signlink Graphics in Hokitika. There has been ongoing issues of people feeding Kea at both these lookouts and subsequent injuries or death as the Kea are too distracted by the food and get run over by vehicles.



Oscar high on the slopes of Temple Basin
22/12/2017

Oscar gets killed on Highway 73

A very sad day for Arthur's Pass. Oscar, a Great Spotted Kiwi, we have known since February 2008, was found dead on Highway 73 last night by the NZ Post transport driver. Oscar had been struck by a vehicle only moments earlier, but had un-survivable injuries.

Oscar was one of the earliest Juveniles discovered in 2008 when the Wildlife Trust commenced its Kiwi study. We followed Oscar, and his eventual partner, Dagmar, for 6 years. In that time seeing him father several successful chicks, and a couple of failed incubations,

Oscar's "territory" unfortunately had always crossed the highway & the Bealey River, being one of the largest at 100Ha, and he had been witnessed having close shaves with vehicles in the past. Kiwi in this valley are recruiting juveniles at just under 10% p.a., so it is very likely that the territory may get "sub-divided" by incoming sub-adults.

We have always presumed Dagmar to be quite an older female, so it is very unclear whether she would find a new mate, or even bother.







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