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These birds were thought to be extinct until they were rediscovered in 1948 in Fiordland. They are an endemic species and there are only around 240 individuals left in the world. Most of these birds are heavily monitored by DOC and live on offshore islands that are predator free.
The takahe recovery program is DOCs longest running species conservation program and has instigated techniques that are now used to save animals from extinction in New Zealand and across the world.
Takahe come to Wildbase hospital with an array of medical issues ranging from fractured limbs to spinal tumours. To date Wildbase has hospitalised close to 15% of the total population.
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Last updated on Tuesday 16 August 2016