Kiwi Birdlife Park

On March 12, 2019, our Blyth Academy GHS group visited the Kiwi Birdlife Park in Queenstown, New Zealand. The park is built upon a downward slope, with narrow gravel paths connecting various houses and cages in which the park’s animals are currently held in captivity. The students were given devices with audio logs corresponding to the various species at the park, such as the tuatara, morepork, yellow-crowned parakeet, kea, blue duck, and of course the kiwi bird. These logs gave additional information about the creatures inhabiting the park, including their risk of extinction, population-limiting factors (whether density-dependent or independent), behaviours, and ecological niches. The role of this preserve is to stabilize the populations of various species such that the ecosystems will not go through turmoil as a result of extinction events. The park ensures that Kiwi birds, for instance, are developed enough to survive conflicts with small predators before releasing them. The park also serves a secondary role: that is a honey bee centre in which it sells a variety of honey or bee products, including self-care and skincare products.

The Kiwi Birdlife Park was an interesting experience, and I especially enjoyed the conservation show, which included the New Zealand Pigeon, the Tuatara, and the rats who snuck behind the presenter during the show. Unfortunately, I did not see a single kiwi bird during the trip to this park, due to the fact that the kiwi birds are nocturnal animals. Despite this, I still had a fun time at the kiwi birdlife park, and I hope to see more exhibits like it.

Stephen Long
Biology student