The Veterinary Care of Kākāpō Event as iCalendar

23 April 2018

1 - 2pm

Venue: Mac 1, Biology Building

Location: 5 Symonds Street, Auckland Central

Host: SBS

Contact info: Mike Taylor

Contact email: mw.taylor@auckland.ac.nz

Dr Richard Jakob-Hoff, wildlife veterinarian and manager, Auckland Zoo Conservation Science and Research
Dr Richard Jakob-Hoff, wildlife veterinarian and manager, Auckland Zoo Conservation Science and Research

Speaker: Dr Richard Jakob-Hoff, wildlife veterinarian and manager, Auckland Zoo Conservation Science and Research

Launched in the 1980s, the campaign to save the endemic kākāpō, Strigops habroptila, heralded the beginning of one of the most intensive and heroic efforts to save a species from extinction in New Zealand’s history. This parrot has enough unique anatomical, physiological and behavioural features to warrant the creation of its own family, the Strigopidae, but there is much that has yet to be understood about these enigmatic birds.

Working with the small but highly skilled Kākāpō Recovery Team within the Department of Conservation are some of the best scientists and individuals with specialist expertise from a wide range of disciplines, both within and outside DOC. Among them are a team of veterinarians located around the country and coordinated through Auckland Zoo’s New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine.

Dr Richard Jakob-Hoff will share some of the challenges of providing veterinary care for these birds in both field and hospital settings, and describe some ongoing research projects aimed at a better understanding of the factors contributing to their state of health.