Meet Marohi whose name means strength, bravery and determination. Marohi was named by kids of Ngunguru School.
Marohi was caught on 27/10/16 on Limestone Island. He had no transponder chip so is presumed to be island bred. His parents would have come from the Whangarei Kiwi Sanctuary in the Purua/Riponui area where the Department of Conservation carry out predator control on three reserves and surrounding farmland.
Marohi was less than a year old when released based on his weight and bill length.
Species: Northland Brown Kiwi
Released on 18/11/2016
Released at: Tawapou, Tutukaka
Weight at release: approx. 1kg.
Since his release, Marohi has kept the kiwi tracking team busy with his exploits as he explores the Tutukaka Coast – perhaps trying to find a mate, or establish his own territory amongst those of the existing ‘locals’.
Marohi is good at giving the tracking team a bit of a run around! Every six months all of the monitored kiwi need to be caught to have a health check and get fresh batteries put in their transmitters. Here’s what happened one time: Like Finding a Kiwi in a Haystack
Marohi seems content for the time being and seems to prefer pine forests to native bush. Will he establish his territory in the pines – or keep exploring the Tutukaka Coast? Will the next transmitter check reveal a nest inside one of his pine needle haystacks…?
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