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Securing Information: New Zealand wildlife trust migrates species data to ZIMS

ANSWER TO “Can you name this species?” The species pictured on this month’s Member News is the black stilt (Himantopus novaezelandiae) or kakī (Māori). This New Zealand wading bird is one of the world’s rarest birds, with 169 adults surviving in the wild as of May 2020, and is one of five endangered endemic species of bird bred for release into the natural environment by the Isaac Conservation and Wild Trust.

For more than 40 years, the Isaac Conservation and Wild Trust (ICWT) has worked to protect and recover endemic New Zealand species. ICWT’s wildlife division is not open to the public, allowing all efforts to focus on breeding and raising juveniles of critically endangered species, including:

  • The New Zealand Black Stilt / Kakī;
  • Brown Teal / Pātek;
  • Blue Duck / Whio;
  • New Zealand Shore Plover / Tūturuatu; and
  • Orange Fronted Parakeet / Kākāriki karaka.

Now, the institution’s vital chronological data on including comprehensive historic records on individuals, breeding pairs, and hatchlings, will be more secure, accessible, and able to be maintained using the Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS).

The wildlife division will migrate to ZIMS from a legacy ARKS system.

Thank you to nutrition leader Mazuri for providing a sponsorship which makes ICWT’s data integration to ZIMS possible.

In 2019, New Zealand Department of Conservation found 31 orange-fronted parakeet nests in forested areas of Canterbury on South Island – an encouraging sign for the species. (Source: BBC)
The survival of New Zealand’s critically threatened tūturuatu/tchūriwat’/shore plover relies keeping their island sanctuaries pest free, captive breeding, and translocations to predator-free islands, according to the DOC.
New Zealand’s threatened and nationally-vulnerable Blue duck (Whio) lives in clean, fast-flowing rivers in the North and South Islands.

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