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Kiwis for Kiwi

What is ‘Kiwis for Kiwi’?

Kiwis for Kiwi is an organization that rescues kiwi all over the world. Kiwis for Kiwi is a conservation-based, not profit-based organization.

  • Location: New Zealand
  • Founded: 2012
  • Species: Little spotted kiwi, great spotted kiwi (roroa), brown kiwi, rowi, tokoeka.

Kiwis for Kiwi’s research has focused on three aspects to help improve the situation of the kiwi in the wild:

  • reproductive biology;
  • behavior; and
  • ecology.

The Kiwi trust works with Kiwis in New Zealand, and Kiwis all over the world. The organization’s research has been published in many reputable journals to raise wildlife conservation awareness.

In 2012, Kiwis for Kiwi was established by a group of passionate conservationists who specialize in kiwi behavior, kiwi ecology, and kiwi reproductive biology.

Kiwis for Kiwi is based out of Kiwiland (New Zealand), however, Kiwis for Kiwi travels all over the world to help Kiwis in need.

Their approach is unique because this organization rescues kiwi throughout the world instead of focusing only on Kiwis based in Kiwiland. Kiwis for Kiwi is a conservation-based organization as opposed to a profit-based one.

In the future, Kiwis for Kiwi hopes to expand its work within New Zealand and globally as well as explore new areas of research such as kiwi behavior and kiwi ecology.

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Kiwis for Kiwi’s Mission

Kiwisforkiwi webpage

Kiwis for Kiwi’s goal is to help ensure the survival of New Zealand’s native bird species through conservation, raise the national kiwi population, conduct research, and do hands-on activities like trapping. The Kiwi trust does not hunt Kiwi birds because they are endangered.

The kiwi trust tries to protect Kiwi birds from predators by putting special fencing around Kiwi nests and breeding areas such as in Crombie Lockwood Kiwi Burrow by encouraging New Zealanders and more people to save this kiwi population.

They also ask people to help them with this effort by putting up posts that people can use to build fences around Kiwis nests at their homes or in their yards. Kiwis for Kiwi make sure that Kiwi nest sites are safe by building Kiwi bird boxes at Kiwi nests to prevent dogs or other animals from hurting the Kiwi.

Kiwis for Kiwis do other things but all of them help keep Kiwis safe and alive.

the Kiwi trust is a group of people who love Kiwis and Kiwi birds and want to help Kiwis survive. Kiwis for Kiwi tries many things to make sure Kiwi birds do not go extinct as the Dodo bird did.

Kiwis for Kiwi needs your help to keep Kiwis from going extinct protecting kiwis is ensuring kiwi is saved.

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Closeup of brown kiwi

Kiwis for Kiwi is a fundraising and advocacy organization.

They support conservation projects, including predator control and monitoring projects, raise awareness about conserving this most unique bird. The organization also works to help Kiwi populations with breeding projects, research, adult kiwi conservation Mahi, raise kiwi endowment fund, and educational programs.

Habitat protection is an important project run by the Department of Conservation and community groups supported by the Kiwis for Kiwi. They also support avoidance training to teach dogs not to kill wild kiwis.

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By providing national leadership and support via a powerful public-private partnership, we aim to protect kiwi and their natural habitat and ensure the species flourish for generations to come.

To that end, we allocate funding to hands-on kiwi projects, raise sponsorship dollars, increase public awareness about kiwi’s plight, and work alongside kiwi experts to provide resources, advice, and best practice guidance to all those working to save New Zealand’s national bird.

In partnership with the Department of Conservation, we support the national Kiwi Recovery Programme through:

  • 80 volunteer-based community groups
  • 12 captive facilities that display kiwi and/or incubate kiwi eggs
  • 5 DOC kiwi sanctuaries
  • Predator removal from more than 140,000 hectares across New Zealand
  • Many other research and management projects
  • Laboratory to find out more about kiwi genetics

Some work is hands-on and operational—perhaps building a predator-proof fence or setting traps for kiwi predators. Other work may be research in the field to learn more about kiwi behavior or research in the laboratory to learn more about kiwi genetics.

Some work takes precious eggs and chicks from the wild and nurtures them in safe places until they can better protect themselves from stoats and other predators.

We also train dogs to avoid kiwi. Much of the work done is by communities, iwi, and hapū, who together protect tens of thousands of hectares so that kiwi can survive and flourish. Kiwis for kiwi’s number one mandate is to raise funds to support this work.

Our goal is to reverse the decline of kiwi by 2018 and see a rise in their numbers nationally, and every part of our program is geared towards achieving this vision.”

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Is ‘Kiwis for Kiwi’ legit?

Closeup of Kiwi

Yes, Kiwis for Kiwi is legit.

Kiwis for Kiwi is legit because they care. Kiwis for Kiwi’s mission is to get Kiwis talking about Kiwi conservation and to get Kiwis actively involved in the efforts to save the Kiwi from extinction.

They want people (Kiwis) to become passionate about protecting their ‘kiwi’ of choice–whether it’s an area, a species, or an individual animal/bird.

Globally, kiwi populations are falling fast and at this very moment, we risk losing some endangered kiwi entirely. Yet New Zealanders know surprisingly little about their country’s most iconic bird.

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How to help

Do you want to support the work of the Kiwis for Kiwi to protect and breed endangered brown kiwis in New Zealand, then click on the donate button and go to their website.

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